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Monday, 20 November 2017

President Andrzej Duda: Europe means citizens, not institutions

  |   Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II. Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II.

Europe means citizens, not institutions, while the voice of the people is too often rejected on the pretext of preventing populism, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in Athens on Monday.

 

See also: President meets Greek leader, urges EU to keep door open "I believe that it is at least worth discussing how to increase the involvement of national parliaments in the debate as they constitute a political representation of society and have a strong mandate due to the multi-party pluralism that has emerged from the election process", the Polish president said in his address to the diplomatic corps, top Greek politicians and intellectuals.

Andrzej Duda addressed the gathered during the launch ceremony of an exhibition devoted to Jerzy Iwanow-Szajnowicz, a Polish-Greek hero of World War II.

 

In his speech, Andrzej Duda stressed that Poland, being a free and democratic state, wanted to build a world where the freedom of nations and equality of states would be observed. "I have no doubts that working together in solidarity as well as respecting and enforcing international law give the community of free nations effective force to counter a policy of aggression that undermines international order and security", President Duda said, adding that "first of all, Europe means citizens, not institutions, it means ordinary citizens".

 

"However, today many citizens do not feel they can influence politics. Their voice is too often rejected for ideological reasons and excluded from public debate on the premise of preventing populism", the president noted.

 

As a consequence, our democracies and governments do not fulfil their basic function, namely, carrying through the tasks that are important for citizens", he argued.

 

The president also assured the audience that Poland was consistent in defending all EU member states' right to being equally treated in the process of determining Europe's future.

 

"Agreement to divisions within the EU will ultimately lead to its weakening. What's more, contrary to what this doctrine's supporters maintain, such divisions will not resolve any (of the EU's) problems", added President Duda, observing that the split among the EU members was driven by "national egoism in lieu of community-minded solidarity". As an example, Polish head of state cited projects which threatened the energy security of some of the EU members.

 

"United Europe will be strong only if it manages to retain unity in four spheres: European institutions, community laws, the European market and the common budget", Andrzej Duda said.

 

Attending the ceremony with President Andrzej Duda was his Greek counterpart President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.(PAP)

 

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