"EU Founding Fathers" exhibition on 15th anniversary of Poland joining EU

Résumés of several people whose activities contributed to the construction of a united Europe are introduced by the "Founding Fathers of the EU" exhibition, available to visit from Tuesday.

The exposition was organised as part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the EU. It is located at the Kordegarda Gallery in Warsaw.

The exhibition, prepared by the National Centre for Culture, includes silhouettes of, among others, Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, Józef Retinger, Karol Wojtyła, Alexandre Kojeve, Denis de Rougemont, Jean Monnet, Altiero Spinelli, Edyta Stein and Simone Veil.

The Deputy Minister of Culture Jarosław Sellin pointed out that the “Founding Fathers” presented at the exhibition were "important figures that notably influenced the final shape of the European Union".

He added that while discussing the future of the EU its roots, and the goals of its leaders, should not be forgotten.

The exhibition at the Kordegarda Gallery will be open until May 24.

Another significant anniversary

In Lublin, eastern Poland, several open-air concerts, shows and performances on the 450th anniversary of the Union of Lublin, as well as on Poland’s 15th year in the EU, will be held from Wednesday, May 1.

The “Two Unions” festival will be opened by collective singing of Ode to Joy, the anthem of the EU. Every participant at the festival will have an opportunity to hit the European Bell, casted 15 years ago as a symbol of Poland’s accession to the EU.

The Union of Lublin took place in 1569 in Lublin and created a single state, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, with a joint, elective king. The union was established as a result of the consent of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

On May 1, 2004, Poland, together with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta, joined the European Union. It was the largest EU enlargement so far. The accession referendum took place on June 7-8, 2003: over 77 percent of Poles voted to join the EU.