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Thursday, 1 May 2014

President's message on EU accession anniversary

President Bronislaw Komorowski

President Bronislaw Komorowski

Ten years of Poland's EU membership have been a good time for Poland, a success of the entire nation, said President Bronislaw Komorowski in a tv message Thursday night. Today we celebrate the anniversary of Poland's return to integrating Europe, he added.


The road to the West was opened to Poland by the victory of the Solidarity camp in elections held June 4, 1989, the president recalled. However, ending with dependence on the East did not automatically mean that Poland found its due place in the Western world. This required a lot of work and determination, a great effort to convince many people in Europe and at home, Bronislaw Komorowski said.


The positive changes that took place in Poland owing to its EU membership and our hopes for continued development are the results of "the great change of 1989 and our efforts made throughout the past 25 years," the president opined. The nation owes particular gratitude to prime minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, foreign minister Krzysztof Skubiszewski and president Lech Walesa, Bronislaw Komorowski argued.


"The Poles had long fought against Eastern domination. Sovereign Poland belongs to the West," he declared.

He emphasized "contributions made by all Polish presidents, all prime ministers and their cabinets, all Sejms and Senates, all political parties, be they left-wing, right-wing or centre" because "all have their share in cultivating our freedom and our European opportunity." "Ten years of Polish EU membership is a success of the whole nation," Bronislaw Komorowski stressed.


Summing up Poland's 25 years of freedom and first decade in the EU one should look around as nearly everywhere there are traces of a great and good change, the president said.


According to the president, this change has taken place thanks to our work and "great European funds which helped modernise and develop our country. And we are grateful for this," the president went on.


"At the same time we hope that in the years to come integrating Europe will continue to be one of the main levers of our development," President Komorowski went on.


The president recalled that in 2003 Poland had 631 kilometres of highways and expressways while in 2013 it was 2,745 kilometres.


The president admitted that this did not mean that everything was marked by success. "This does not mean that we do not have problems, that we are rich and carefree," President Komorowski said.


"A lot of work is still ahead of us. But we have a great chance. Poland can win a stronger position in the integrating Europe," President Komorowski said and added that much hope was pinned on the new EU budget and PLN 400 billion Poland would get in the coming seven years.(PAP)


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