Poland celebrates EU anniversary
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland marks 15 years since joining the European Union.
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The country became part of the EU on May 1, 2004, a historic step that underlined the country’s re-alignment with the West after decades of communist rule.
On Monday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said his country has benefitted from joining the bloc.
In an interview for the Polska The Times daily, Morawiecki said: “This is a very important, positive and historic date. Not only for Poland and Poles. For all countries of Central and Eastern Europe.”
Morawiecki also said that EU subsidies have boosted Poland’s economic development. “We have benefitted greatly from EU membership in terms of the economy,” he added.
May 1 in Poland is also historically celebrated as Worker's Day, and is part of a holiday season known as Majówka or May Days which includes Poland’s Constitution Day, celebrated on May 3.
During the May long weekend, many Poles choose to travel around the country, spending time outdoors, visitting their relatives and sightseeing.
Constitution Day, May 3, is a public holiday in Poland, and commemorates the Polish Constitution, the oldest such document in Europe.
Worker's Day, May 1, has been a public holiday in Poland since 1950.