NATO PA Spring Session kicks off in Poland with commemoration of milestone anniversaries

24 May 2018

Warsaw, 25 May 2018 – NATO PA Spring Session takes place during a year of centenaries

The Spring Session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly is taking place in Warsaw from 25 to 28 May 2018.

The Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland are pleased to host the Assembly as part of commemorations of the centenary of Poland‘s independence and the 550th anniversary of Polish parliamentarianism.

A century ago, Europe was still in the throes of devastating conflict and political turmoil.  It was during this period that several European nations saw the establishment or restoration of their statehood and independence.

“NATO was founded in order to prevent the types of conflict which had engulfed the world twice in the first half of the twentieth century“, said NATO PA President, Paolo Alli.  “Its members now include many nations which were deprived of their independence and freedom for much of the twentieth century.

“The centenary of their birth – or rebirth – is therefore a special cause for celebration, and it is a great pleasure and an honour for this spring session to be a part of Poland’s commemorations.  On behalf of the entire Assembly, I offer my congratulations to the people of Poland as they celebrate the centenary of Poland’s independence.“

“I would like to welcome all participants to the Assembly’s spring session“, said Marek Opiola, Head of the Polish Delegation to the Assembly.

“I would also particularly like to congratulate the people of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia and the Republic of Latvia on the centenary of their Independence; the people of the Republic of Lithuania on the centenary of the Restoration of the State; and Romania on the centenary of the Great Union.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Assembly in Warsaw for the third time since Poland’s accession to the Alliance.“