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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

President in parliament: We must not rest on laurels

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Poland scored a great success in the 25 years since the Solidarity election victory of 1989 but we must not rest on laurels and must accelerate reforms, said President Bronislaw Komorowski in his message to the National Assembly on Wednesday.

 

The National Assembly met on the 25th anniversary of the first partly free elections that marked the beginning of the end of communist rule in Poland.

 

The elections "were decisive for the success of Poland's road to freedom," said the president. Solidarity won, l'ancien regime was defeated. The nation so decided in voting, not by revolution.

 

"We changed not only Poland but also our part of the world. Poland gave the impulse for changes in the region. We can proudly say that in our part of Europe and in the past 25 years 'Freedom was made in Poland'," Bronislaw Komorowski declared.

 

Together with nations of East-Central Europe we overthrew the communist system in 1989 and then took the road to NATO and the EU. "Sovereign Poland has built partner-like and good-neighbourly relations with almost all its neighbours. In the past 25 years we made giant progress in Polish-German and Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation," the president noted.

 

The most important challenges facing Poland at present were the demographic crisis, building a more competitive economy in a global market, and the Ukrainian crisis. "The situation east of Poland has destabilised and has revealed old and new threats. Great-power aspirations, use of force, disrespect of international order, human rights violations beyond our eastern border are challenges to our Polish solidarity and, above all, call for increased care for security," Komorowski said.

 

National security efforts are the guarantees of Polish freedom, he went on. It was imperative to implement the long-term programme of technical modernisation of the Polish armed forces. Among external pillars of Polish national security the most prominent place goes to NATO membership. At the next NATO summit Poland will seek a strategic strengthening of the Alliance's eastern flank through, among other things, permanent stationing of NATO forces and bases in Central Europe, including Poland, the president announced.

 

Of particular importance is the strategic partnership with the United States, he declared. Poland appreciates the fact that, responding to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the US has supported the security of East-Central Europe by strengthening the US military presence.

 

Poland must decide if it really wants to adopt the euro and approach this challenge with boldness, the president went on. A debate on what course to take should start after the elections. We need a broad consensus, if only to overcome the constitutional barriers.

 

Bronislaw Komorowski also pointed to the need of continued reforms in education and universities to stimulate Polish economic competitiveness. It was also necessary to "create good climate for families" in the face of demographic crisis, he stressed.(PAP)

 

 

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