Prime Minister: joint initiatives bring nations closer together


2018 11 27

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Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland Piotr Gliński who arrived at the opening of an international exhibition Lithuania, my Homeland... Adam Mickiewicz and his poem Pan Tadeusz at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.

‘Poland is our closest strategic partner in the region; we enjoy exceptionally close relationship and are happy with the progress we have managed to reach in a number of fields recently. It is particularly significant that contacts on the highest political level have become more frequent. Your visit to Lithuania contributes to the high-level bilateral dialogue’, said the Prime Minister.

The Head of Government has noted that rebroadcasting of the television programmes broadcast in Poland had been launched in the south eastern Lithuania in May this year and is fully funded from the Lithuanian budget. Prime Minister Skvernelis has expressed a wish that the Polish Government creates conditions for rebroadcasting of the Lithuanian National Radio and Television programmes in the territories inhabited by Polish citizens of Lithuanian descent.            

It has also been stressed that Poland is among the most important cultural partners of Lithuania. Therefore, joint efforts to foster cultural heritage of the two countries are highly important. The Prime Minister has suggested that the work of the bilateral group of experts on cultural heritage could become more active with a view to addressing matters arising in the field more efficiently.      

Technical projects for the restoration and preservation of the Gate of Dawn have been discussed. Treasures of the Gate of Dawn have been listed on an inventory and transferred for temporary storage at the Church Heritage Museum in Vilnius. All the work is carried out in accordance with due procedure and the required exchange of information with Poland will be ensured.

Restoration and maintenance of Rasos Cemetery was also discussed; the work is supervised by the appropriate Lithuanian government authorities. Vilnius City Municipality plans to invite Polish experts, and the Government fully supports this step in order to ensure quality restoration of this important site.          

The Paneriai Memorial was discussed, too. Bearing in mind that it signifies the tragic page of our history, Prime Minister Skvernelis has stressed that the Government will devote exceptional priority attention to further works at the Paneriai Memorial in the near future.    

Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki will be invited to attend the solemn burial of remains of the commanders-in-chief of the 1863 January Uprising Zygmunt Sierakowski and Konstanty Kalinowski. The Government intends to hold the ceremony in the summer of 2019 and to bury the remains in the central chapel of Rasos Cemetery.

The Prime Minister has expressed his delight that Lithuania and Poland jointly celebrate special anniversaries, the Independence Centennials. Joint events and initiatives bring our nations even closer together and promote the spirit of citizenship. Skvernelis has requested support from the Government of Poland for the Lithuanian education and culture centre to be established in Suwałki.

The Prime Minister has opened up an exhibition devoted to poet Adam Mickiewicz. One of its principal showpieces is the manuscript of the poem Pan Tadeusz. The Lithuanian and Polish Prime Ministers are patrons of the exhibition.