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Prime Minister: culture brings communities together

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2021 05 02

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Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, who is on a visit to Vilnius, have taken part in the cornerstone laying ceremony at the site of the construction of the new building (an annex) of the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius.

For two decades, over 30 Polish organizations of Lithuania have been operating at the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius. There is no doubt that after the reconstruction, even more of them will be able to settle here. Last year, Lithuanians living in Suwałki also laid the foundations for the construction of a cultural centre. The attention and support of the Polish authorities for this project is greatly appreciated.

According to the Prime Minister, Vilnius and Lithuania cannot be imagined without a strong Polish community and its vibrant cultural life.

 ‘You are active Lithuanian citizens. Lithuania is the home of all of us, Lithuanians, Poles, and other peoples living here, the home that we defend, develop, and nurture together. Creativity, culture, and art projects bring communities closer together and help them get to know each other better and look at themselves from the outside. It is symbolic that the MO Museum is currently running the exhibition ‘Hard Age’, presenting our nations with common experiences through the eyes of famous Polish artists, including the Polish painter Andrzej Wróblewski, who was born and raised in Vilnius. There happen to arise disputes in every home, but I am here today to once again invite you to speak openly on all topics. I have no doubt that by cooperating in good faith and trusting each other, we will be able to achieve the necessary changes,’ said Prime Minister Šimonytė.

The Prime Minister has warmly congratulated everyone on the anniversary of the National Day of Poland, the 230th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May 1791 – the first constitution in Europe and the second written constitution in the world – to be celebrated on Monday.

‘Lithuania and Poland have achieved many joint victories over the centuries. Sometimes, unfortunately, we also had to suffer painful defeats. We have learned that we are stronger by being together. I am glad that my colleague, Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, has paid his first high-level visit to Lithuania this year. We greatly appreciate your personal contribution to the development of bilateral relations.

Today, we have agreed that we will continue to work actively to foster excellent relations between our countries and to strengthen the strategic partnership. This is primarily of interest to Poles living in Lithuania and Lithuanians living in Poland.

A strong voice and close coordination between Lithuania and Poland are also needed for the development of democracy and freedom in the European neighbourhood. I hope that the people of Belarus, as well as the Polish and Lithuanian communities in the neighbouring country, will also see the day soon when they will be able to create their own future,’ said Prime Minister Šimonytė.

The Prime Minister has wished the TVP Wilno team that the products created in the new studio broaden the horizons of viewers in Lithuania and abroad, and has also assured that the Lithuanian Government will seek to ensure the retransmission of other Polish programmes in Lithuania in the future.

You can access the full address of Prime Minister Šimonytė here.