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Sunday, 6 August 2017

President Andrzej Duda celebrates 2 years in office

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  |   President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office President celebrates 2 years in office The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years

Exactly 2 years ago, on August 6th 2015, Andrzej Duda took the presidential oath before the National Assembly. To mark the anniversary, his office summarised his hitherto activities.

 

Among the key events of the Andrzej Duda was US President Donald Trump's visit to Poland, as honorary guest of the regional Three Seas summit - a platform co-initiated by the Polish President to boost cooperation between presidents of the 12 countries situated between the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas.

 

Last year, on the other hand, Polish head of state hosted a NATO summit, during which he met the then US president, Barack Obama. The summit was attended, in total, by 18 presidents, 21 heads of government, 41 foreign ministers and 39 defence ministers.

 

Polish President met 6 heads of state and government in 2015, 19 in 2016 and 13 so far in 2017. He has also made 52 foreign visits.

 

The President is placing great emphasis on defence policy.

 

At the beginning of June, Poland was elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations' Security Council, garnering the support of 190 countries following a strong campaign, in which the President actively participated.

 

At the NATO summit in Warsaw, the alliance leaders decided to bolster its Eastern flank by stationing four batallions, totalling around 1,000 soliders, in Poland and the Baltic states.

Poland is one of the few NATO members delivering on the pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defence, with the figure designed gradually to rise to 2.5 percent in 2030, with Duda's full support.

 

The President, most often accompanied by wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda and his aides, has paid 187 domestic visits, meeting the Polish people, as well as attending key ceremonies and events.

On the legislative front, Andrzej Duda has so far signed over 450 bills. On 7 occasions, he asked parliament to reconsider a piece of legislation, while 3 bills were sent to the Constitutional Tribunal, to assess their constitutionality.

 

The President also took part in important cultural events such as the opening of UNESCO's 41st World Heritage Committee session in Cracow this year. It was the first time a meeting of this sort took place in Poland.

 

'Dudapomoc', the legal service for citizens who feel mistreated by public authorities, has also been active ever since its creation during the presidentioal campaign, receiving 33,670 letters and emails over two years.

 

In addition, the President's office has taken part in an educational project for youth. Entitled "Lesson RP", it seeks to familiarise young people with Polish history and its main figures.

 

The First Lady, a teacher by profession, took part in many more educational initiatives, including a series of debates with young activists, held at the presidential palace.

 

The President and First Lady also participate in many charity projects, both at home and abroad, including for Caritas, the Food Bank, children's hospices, and the Grand Christmas Aid Orchestra (WOSP). Agata Kornhauser-Duda donated a photo from Cracow's World Youth Days to the latter, whereupon it was auctioned for PLN 200,000 (EUR 47,000).

 

The First Lady was the patron for a total of 151 initiatives for children and youth, the ill and the disabled over the past two years. As a German philologist, she also gave 55 German lessons. (PAP)

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