Solidarity in the European Union exists in several dimensions - in the difficult times during the coronavirus pandemic, among EU institutions, and the EU assistance, Rafal Perl, the Polish ambassador to Serbia has said on Wednesday.
"I am glad that the EU and individual member countries intend to assist Serbia in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Poland also heled Serbia," he said.
"Solidarity in the EU also exists between more prosperous countries and those that were historically a bit less lucky.
"Europe also shows solidarity through its structural funds. And the third dimension of solidarity should be the policy of enlargement - Poland believes the EU should pursue an open door policy and that Serbia, like others in the region, should quickly enter the European family," the ambassador added.
On August 31, 40 years ago, the Polish communist authorities signed an agreement with the strikers at the Gdansk shipyard and other companies in Poland and accepted the establishment of the first independent 'Solidarity unions' led by Lech Walesa, which gradually led to a decline of the communist regime.
Speaking about what 'Solidarity' was to the Poles four decades later, Pearl said its idea guided Polish foreign policy."'Solidarity' is our common heritage and this anniversary makes us imagine how we should use that heritage," he said.
Perl added that "it is a wonderful story and a great part of Polish history. And we want to convey that message to the world," he said, adding Poland was now a democratic country with different political views.
"We do not hide there are certain things that divide us, such as our attitude towards history - we have common achievements and common history, but our views on the future may be different," he said.