President of the Republic of Lithuania

Debate on the significance of the Constitution of May 3 in the Presidential Palace

2019-04-30

Tuesday, April 30, Vilnius – On Thursday, May 2, at 10 a.m. President Dalia Grybauskaitė will open a joint debate of Lithuania and Poland on the topic of “The Constitution of May 3, 1791, its significance and lessons” and will welcome the participants of the debate. Before the debate the President will meet with Dainius Žalimas, President of the Constitutional Court of Lithuania, and Julia Przylebska, President of the Constitutional Tribunal of Poland.

The debate is held to remind of the significance the Constitution of May 3, 1791 of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth had on the development of Lithuanian and Polish states.

According to the President, the Constitution of May 3 has a special place in the history of Lithuania and Poland. It is the first written constitution in Europe that sought to preserve the independence of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in a highly complex geopolitical context and resist the influence of the great imperial powers of the time.

The Constitution also played a special role in the modernization of the common state of Lithuania and Poland, by establishing the principle of separation of powers, fundamental principles of the rule of law and laying the foundations for a modern democratic structure.

According to the President, lessons learned from the Constitution of May 3 are still relevant today. Strong constitutional framework protects the state and its sovereignty, helps counter external challenges and protect freedom and welfare of people.

According to the President, it is a strong obligation to maintain a strong relationship with Poland, to unanimously strengthen bilateral partnership by ensuring regional security and defense, carry out joint strategic projects, as well as foster economic and cultural ties.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2019.04.30 10:00

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