Polish President to address National Assembly on July 13

Polish President Andrzej Duda will deliver an address to the National Assembly at the Royal Castle in Warsaw at noon on July 13, PAP was told on Tuesday by the director of the Sejm (lower house) information centre.

Adam Grzegrzółka explained that the sitting of the National Assembly is planned as part of the observances marking the centenary of Poland's independence and the 550th anniversary of Polish parliamentarism.

It has been convened by Sejm Speaker Marek Kuchciński.

"The event will be held at the Royal Castle, with top state officials and many foreign guests in attendance. The National Assembly will be preceded by the #EUROWAW2018 Parliamentary Summit on July 12," Grzegrzółka announced.

The official explained that the dates had not been chosen accidentally. "Exactly 550 years ago, a general parliamentary sitting was held on July 12, 1468, and was followed by a meeting of Poland's first bicameral Sejm on October 9, 1648," he said.

"Over 500 years of parliamentarism is an important thing, also on the European scale," he went on the say.

The National Assembly is a joint meeting of the Sejm and Senate chaired either by the Sejm Speaker or the Senate head.