SPEAKING NOTE OF MR VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS, MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY 10 July 2003
SPEAKING NOTE OF
MR VYTENIS POVILAS ANDRIUKAITIS, MEMBER OF THE CONVENTION
ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL TREATY
10 July 2003
Today, I would like to be somewhat emotional and to look at this great achievement of the Convention through the prism of my personal experience.
I was born in 1951, in Siberia, in Stalinist gulags where my family was deported in 1941 as a result of Molotov-Ribentrop pact. I first saw my motherland when I was 7.
In 1976, I was first detained by the Brezhnev regime for my dissident and social democratic views.
Today, when I look at my friend Klaus Hansch I remember the year 1983 when the European Parliament passed a Resolution on the Freedom of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania giving us hope that one day the three Baltic States will be free again. Thank you, Klaus, for this Resolution. It happened 7 years later, in 1990 and I was among those who proclaimed the restoration of independence of Lithuania.
Today, I am proud to be among the signatories of the first Constitutional Treaty of the European Union, proud to be a part of the reunited Europe and proud that human dignity, equality, solidarity and the rule of law are the genuine values that unite us.
I therefore urge the Convention to send a strong signal to the upcoming IGC - not to destroy this unifying spirit that allowed us to reach a consensus and draft this Constitution.
Dear Mr. President, colleagues,
I want to thank each of you for this most enriching experience in my life.