EP holds ceremony marking 100 years of Poland's Wedding to the Sea

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The European Parliament (EP) hosted a ceremony on Tuesday marking the 100th anniversary of Poland's Wedding to the Sea, the country's regaining under the Versailles Treaty of access to the Baltic Sea, which it had lost in 1793.

The observations were organised by MEP Anna Fotyga from Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

"In a few days we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining access to the Sea. It was an event that stirred the imagination of all Poles. Several hours earlier, General Jozef Haller received two platinum rings from Poles living in Gdansk. One of them he threw into the sea, marrying Poles and Poland with the sea for eternity. The second was worn on his finger for the rest of his life," Fotyga said at the ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by EU Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, Poland's Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels Andrzej Sados and Poland's new ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Artur Orzechowski.

On February 10, 1920, General Jozef Haller, the commander of the Pomeranian Front of the Polish Army, threw a platinum ring into the sea - a symbol of Poland's restored access to the Baltic, which it had lost to Prussia as a result of the 2nd Partition of Poland in 1793.