‘As Central-Eastern European citizens, we know that only together can we be free,’ says President Duda on 230th anniversary of Polish constitution

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On Monday, in the courtyard of the Royal Castle in Warsaw, a state ceremony was held on the occasion of the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of May 3, 179, with Polish President Andrzej Duda taking part in the ceremony alongside leaders of Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, and Ukraine.

Duda, along with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Eglis Levits and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, signed a joint declaration and emphasized the historic importance of the 1791 constitution.

“We believe that to all of us the solidarity of nations, especially under current threats to our common security, is one of the cornerstones of peace, stability, development, prosperity, and resilience,” the leaders stressed in the declaration.

Zelenskiy also highlighted the main points of the May 3 Constitution in a Twitter post.

Duda stated that the constitution was an epoch-defining event which was a turning point in the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth — a state which was home to many nationalities, languages, cultures, and religious beliefs. 

“The May 3 constitution was a testament to the common sense, evolutionary and somewhat organic approach to culture, religion and traditions which shaped the identity of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its inhabitants,” he said.