From today to Wednesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid is in Poland, where she will participate with the Presidents of the Baltic States and Ukraine in the Constitution Day celebrations on May 3 and meet with Polish Head of State Andrzej Duda during the official visit.
Today, at the invitation of the Polish Head of State, the President of Estonia will participate in the celebration of the Polish Constitution Day together with the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, the President of Latvia Egils Levits and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. This year marks the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Polish Constitution. During the official ceremony, all heads of state sign a joint declaration and later participate in a debate on the relationship between law and happiness of the nation.
After the Constitution Day the Estonian Head of State will stay on for a two-day official visit of to Poland. The visit takes place at an important and symbolic time in terms of relations between two countries, as Estonia and Poland celebrate the centenary of diplomatic relations this year. On May 4, 1921, the first Estonian diplomat was accredited in Warsaw. Thus, this visit offers an opportunity to recall the rich and diverse history of our countries as well as to discuss the current state and future of cooperation, explained Martin Roger, Estonian Ambassador to Poland. “Estonia and Poland have a similar sense of security and we work together to ensure security and prosperity both bilaterally in NATO and the EU. Poland also plays an important role in the region’s energy and transport connections,” Roger added.
Considering the effects of Covid-19, for economic recovery, the green and digital transitions will be important for both countries in the coming years – these issues will be at the heart of the President’s meetings with the President of Poland and other state representatives. In addition to the President of Poland, the Estonian Head of State will also meet with Marshal Elżbieta Witek of the Polish Sejm, Tomasz Grodzki, Marshal of the Polish Senate and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. President Kaljulaid will also hold a public conversation with the Polish Head of State on the Green Revolution at the Polish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce, visit the Estonian company Inbank and talk at the Polish think tank PISM about the security situation of our region.
The Estonian Head of State will also open an open-air exhibition on Estonian-Polish relations from 1918-1939 in the Łazienki Park and give interviews to the Polish weekly Dziennik Gazeta Prawna and the TV channel Polsat.
As Estonia’s largest trading partner in Central Europe, Poland is an increasingly important market for Estonian companies. Thus, the Estonian Head of State will be accompanied by a business delegation to promote co-operation between the two countries in the field of business.
The President of the Republic will return to Estonia on Wednesday evening.
The joint press conference of the Polish and Estonian heads of state on 4 May can be followed on the Facebook page of the Office of the President of Poland at 13.30 (Estonian time): https://www.facebook.com/prezydentpl/
The discussion at the Polish think tank PISM on 5 May at 12.30 (Estonian time) can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/user/PolandPISM
We will also share the official pictures taken during the visit and they will come up here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ag25riT1wiNQhad4Ypmm8NMdMKYyqA?e=HUksTS
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