Celebrations marking the anniversary of the Polish Constitution adopted on 3 May 1791 were attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Egils Levits, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The heads of state represented the nations that lived in the territory of the Polish-Lithuanian Union that existed for centuries until it ended in 1795. The Constitution of 3 May, democratic in its spirit, was the first in Europe and the second oldest after the US Constitution.
The heads of state underlined that Europe must be built on fundamental values and principles, namely freedom, sovereignty, territorial integrity, democracy, the rule of law, equality and solidarity. A united Europe must be open to all countries and nations that share these values. They assured their support for any nation in the region who “courageously demands respect for their rights” and wants to enjoy the benefits of a free and democratic society.
In the face of today’s threats to common security, solidarity between nations is “one of the cornerstones of peace, stability, development, prosperity and resilience,” they stressed.