NATO, EU Council congratulate Poland on Independence Centenary

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on their independence centenaries on Sunday. Separately, the European Council highlighted Poland's achievements.

"Congratulations to #Poland, #Romania, #Estonia, #Latvia & #Lithuania, which celebrate 100 years of independence this year! I’m proud that you are members of our Alliance. #NATO safeguards the freedom and independence of all Allies," Jens Stoltenberg wrote on Twitter.

In turn, on its profile, the European Council wrote in Polish: "Best wishes Poland on the 100th anniversary of regaining independence!"

In a short animated film, the Council also highlighted the date of Poland's EU accession, the adoption of the constitution of May 3, 1791, the year in which Poland held the EU presidency and the year in which it will next hold it. The EU Council also drew attention to the fact that Frontex - the EU border and coast guard agency - has its headquarters in Warsaw.

Viewers were also introduced to Nobel-prize-winning scientist Maria Skłodowska-Curie, the Polish colours, an explanation of the untranslatable verb 'załatwić' as well as a reminder of Polish inventions including Esperanto, the modern street lamp, the walkie-talkie and the bullet-proof vest.