President of Poland, H.E. Andrzej Duda
There’s a standard saying in fashionable Polish: “to defend one thing like independence.” It means taking a transparent and decided stance for some concept or worth. The place does the expression come from?
The reply to this query is apparent to anybody who will need to participate within the celebrations of our Nationwide Independence Day on 11 November. What we rejoice on that day are the very values that deliver tens of tens of millions of Poles collectively. The vacation echoes the keenness of our forebears who, in 1918, after 123 years of subjugation, lastly achieved what they struggled for: the return of unbiased Poland onto the political map of Europe. It’s a reminder of their enormous success that fills us with satisfaction and pleasure to today. Additionally it is a competition of perseverance and optimism rewarded as we had by no means, not for one second, come to phrases with the domination of three overseas, absolutist empires. Lastly, it’s a solemn declaration that, for us, having our personal, sovereign nation – a standard dwelling we’re free to furnish ourselves and one of the best assure of our rights and freedoms – is priceless. Defending this worth, we’re ready to make the supreme sacrifice.
The occasion that marks the start of Poland’s historical past is the baptism of Prince Mieszko I in 966. From that second on, we’ve all the time contributed to the event and defence of the European household of free nations. We now have performed this, being conscious of the wealthy legacy of our tradition, our personal custom of political thought and the distinctiveness of Polish historical past.
On account of our expertise of misplaced statehood regained with a lot effort we have a look at ourselves and the altering world primarily via the prism of freedom and solidarity. We do not forget that it was these two beliefs that after stood behind the start and development of the European superpower that was the accomplice union between the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. We imagine that also they are the constructing blocks of our affluent future and a prerequisite for the success of the numerous initiatives geared toward guaranteeing peace and cooperation in Europe that Poland is concerned in: The European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in addition to the regional buildings that buttress them, particularly the Three Seas Initiative and the Bucharest 9.
We take into account the values of freedom, solidarity and respect for the regulation to be elementary, inseparable and complementary. I’m deeply satisfied that it is just on that foundation that the European group can sort out the rising variety of crises it now faces. The breakdown of the worldwide geopolitical order; the brand new, harmful phenomenon of hybrid warfare; vitality, well being and meals safety; local weather change; mass migration; strengthening democracy to keep away from the temptation of technocratic elitism; freedom of expression within the digital period; social duty of worldwide companies and finance corporations; international race for brand new applied sciences, synthetic intelligence and area exploration – that is the complete scale of the challenges and transformations that can lengthy decide Europe’s place on this planet. If Europeans need to take them on, they should act collectively. They should act now.
Our cooperation will likely be profitable insofar because it takes account of the true nature of at this time’s Europe. Its elementary characteristic is the age-old wealth of variety and individuality. That is the fountainhead of all that’s distinctive, multi-dimensional, inventive and engaging about our civilisational mannequin. The most important asset of our continent is exactly this inner variety with all its varied penalties, together with these associated to European integration.
As we speak, Poland is a dynamically growing nation which is aware of learn how to make good use of its long-awaited freedom and sovereignty. We hold rising our potential in relation to the companies sector, agriculture, vitality infrastructure and defence. Poland has sturdy financial ties with its western companions within the areas of overseas commerce and industrial cooperation.
We’re a loyal member of the European Union, contributing to the organisation’s success because it competes and cooperates on the worldwide stage. We additionally take a lot effort to guard its borders, particularly during the last months.
The Poles are assured that the prospects of improvement and inner consolidation are wanting up for the EU. We share the identical aspirations and hopes that motivated the EU’s founding fathers and we need to contribute to creating them a actuality – for ourselves and for future generations.
Textual content printed within the month-to-month Wszystko Co Najważniejsze (Poland) as a part of a historic schooling challenge with the Institute of Nationwide Remembrance (Instytut Pamięci Nardowej) and the Nationwide Financial institution of Poland, NBP.
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