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  • 21 November 2016

    The President to the Committee of Ministers: ,,Accession to the Council of Europe was for Poland a sign of freedom and return to the European cultural area, to the Western countries, but above all to free and democratic countries”.

     

    Meeting between President Andrzej Duda and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)

    On 16th November 2016 President Andrzej Duda paid an official visit to Strasbourg at the invitation of Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. The visit took place on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s  accession to the Council of Europe. The Committee of the Ministers  invited Poland to join  the organization  in 1990. A year later, Poland became a member of the Council of Europe after  conducting  first fully democratic elections.

    The President met with Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe  and Guido Raimondi, the  President of the European Court of Human Rights.

    In his speech to the Committee of Ministers the President underlined, inter alia, that the most serious threats  to  Europe are terrorism, imperialism, exploitation and nihilism. The President warned  against the threat of a reality devoid of principles and, consequently, the return to divisions based on spheres  of  influence. He reminded that the principle of  sovereignty and territorial integrity of each state should absolutely be respected. Following the speech President  Duda engaged in an  exchange of views with the Ministers’ Deputies. In this part of the debate the President was responding to  questions and comments from delegations of  CoE’s member states. 

    After giving the speech to the Committee of Ministers President Duda took part in the ceremony of transferring the  gift of Poland to the Council of Europe on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Poland’s accession to the organization. The gift - a facsimile of the tablets with 21 demands  made by striking workers in Gdańsk in August 1980 - was received by Thorbjørn Jagland. During the ceremony the President said: ,,Today, on the 25th anniversary of  Poland’ accession to the Council of Europe I have brought and I will transfer into the hands of Mr.  Secretary General the gift in the form of these tablets as a symbol of Polish accession to  Europe by Solidarność (Solidarity movement) – a great idea which I would like to be the guiding direction not only for us but for whole European community.  In accepting the gift Thorbjørn Jagland expressed gratitude for the gift and  said: ,, We will never forget this special time of the 80s. It is important that since today the tablets will be permanently on display in the Council of Europe”.

     

    Gift of Poland to the CoE - a facsimile of the tablets with 21 demands  made by striking workers in Gdańsk in August 1980 (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)

     

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    the ceremony of transferring the gift of Poland to the CoE ©Council of Europe aut Candice Imbert
    Gift of Poland to the CoE - a facsimile of the tablets with 21 demands  made by striking workers in Gdańsk in August 1980 (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    Gift of Poland to the CoE - a facsimile of the tablets with 21 demands made by striking workers in Gdańsk in August 1980 (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
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    the ceremony of transferring the gift of Poland to the Council of Europe ©Council of Europe aut
    Visit oh President Andrzej Duda in the PR of Poland fot Candice Imbert
    Visit oh President Andrzej Duda in the PR of Poland fot Candice Imbert
    the ceremony of transferring the  gift of Poland to the CoE ©Council of Europe aut Candice Imbert
    the ceremony of transferring the gift of Poland to the CoE ©Council of Europe aut Candice Imbert
    Meeting with Guido Raimondi ©Council of Europe aut Candice Imbert
    Meeting with Guido Raimondi ©Council of Europe aut Candice Imbert
    Meeting between President Andrzej Duda and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    Meeting between President Andrzej Duda and Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    Meeting with Polish Staff of the CoE (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    Meeting with Polish Staff of the CoE (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    Signature of the Livre d'Or
    Signature of the Livre d'Or
    speech to the Committee of Ministers (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)
    speech to the Committee of Ministers (© Council of Europe/Candice Imbert)

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