39th anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement


Today President Lech Wałęsa took part in the official celebration of the 39th anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement. Having made a speech in front of the historic gate, he also put a wreath at the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970.

In his speech President spoke about the challenges for democracy, caused by the ongoing globalisation and the development of capitalism. “We are entering the era of intellect, information, and globalisation. (...) This era needs different programs and systems. In the relay of generations we have the greatest chances for development, peace, wellbeing. But we have to correct our programs and structures” – he stated.

Lech Wałęsa mentioned also the problem of low voter turnout in Poland. Speaking about the need to reconstruct the current forms of social cooperation, he urged for a discussion on the shape and future of Poland: “In the past we had a common concern – communism and the Soviet Union. (...) We liquidated this concern and we do not have any common concern now. This is why it is so hard to build anything. We must discuss a new common ground. And I urge you, discuss whenever it is possible” – he said.