- June 6, 2017
Kasčiūnas: Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania could finally say something good about Lithuania
‘Dialogue with Poland would be easier, if this political force wanting to represent Poles in Lithuania would rise and say – alright, we have some unsolved matters, but we are glad that we managed to achieve this and that together in Lithuania. At least one good news. When hearing about the fight with government it is hard to believe that if they would solve the problem of surname spelling, there would not occur any new problems, because party drives its’ electorate by rising tensions’ – says Laurynas Kasčiūnas, member of the Seimas from Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democrat Political Group.
Together with Žygimantas Pavilionis, Egidijus Vareikis, Emanuelis Zingeris, Audronius Ažubalis, Kasčiūnas filed draft resolution ‘On strategic partnership of Lithuania and Poland’ and its’ main point is to express solidarity with Poland considering reopening of the investigation of Smoleńsk catastrophe.
‘It is information for Poland, a friendly country, strategic partner with which we have mutual matters. At the beginning of the June Poland became non-permanent member of United Nations Security Council and advisor of president Duda, Krzysztof Szczerski, made it clear that Poland will rise the subject of investigation. Our support and willing to express solidarity with Poland shows that we respect its’ needs to find out what really happened in 2010 with its’ political elite’ – says politician. Resolution also includes propositions of cooperation of Poland and Lithuania.
‘We see Poland as a part of geopolitical region of Baltic Sea. We have examples of great cooperation with Nordic countries, so we want to cooperate also with Poland to strengthen the position of our region in EU. France and Germany decide about everything, but countries of our region are on the side and it is not good. Lithuania and Poland need to discuss many matters – stoping imperialist impulses of Kremlin, strengthening position of NATO, building a tower in the castle of Central and Eastern Europe’ – says Laurynas Kasčiūnas.
‘I am impressed with the policy of PiS, what they manged to achieve in matters of family policy. I myself did not believe that 500PLN – 120€ for every kid is actually doable. But now we see increasement of births by 10%. Example of Poland motivates Lithuania. There are proposals of 30€ for each kid, which is similar to Poland’s idea, yet to which we cannot be compared. But something is finally happening’ – highlights conservative.
‘We love Poles who live in Lithuania, but there are societies and political structures that try to represent it. But this representation usually happens along with rising tension. For now, it is hard for me to imagine, that we could discuss different matters with Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania. But is has nothing to do with Poles in Lithuania’ – ensures Laurynas Kasčiūnas.
Translated by Agnieszka Piontek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.