2021.05.03 09:55

Lithuania, Poland mark May 3 Constitution anniversary

BNS2021.05.03 09:55

Lithuania and Poland on Monday mark the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May and Mutual Pledge of the Commonwealth of the Two Nations.

A joint remote festive sitting of the Lithuanian and Polish parliaments will be held in Vilnius and Warsaw. Also, a ceremony will be held in the Royal Castle in Warsaw and a discussion on the future of Europe will be held with regional state leaders.

President Gitanas Nausėda and the First Lady will pay a visit to Poland after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited Vilnius on Sunday.

"The presidents and the parliament speakers will deliver speeches and we will also discuss resolutions adopted by the Lithuanian and Polish parliaments. Awards will be presented," Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen told BNS.

Four laureates of the Two Nations Awards presented by the Assembly of the Lithuanian Seimas and the Sejm and Senate of Poland will be welcomed during this anniversary year. The Lithuanian delegation at the assembly decided to give the 2021 award to writer Kristina Sabaliauskaitė and translator Edward Piórko.

The award is presented to people who have significantly contributed to the cooperation of the two countries. Former awardees include Czeslaw Milosz, Tomas Venclova, and Alfredas Bumblauskas. The first award was presented in 1999.

An exhibition by the Lithuanian and Polish history museums about the May 3 Constitution will be opened in the Cathedral Square in Vilnius.

On Wednesday, Tomasz Grodzki, marshal of the Polish Senate, is scheduled to come to Vilnius to attend an event at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

Signed on May 3, 1791, the Constitution of 3 May is considered by the two countries as the first written constitution in Europe.

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