Former Polish president Lech Walesa was presented with the St. István prize at a ceremony held in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The prize is awarded by the St. István Foundation in recognition of acts which have benefited the Hungarian nation, former Hungarian president Pál Schmitt noted at the ceremony.
Walesa, accepting the award, said: “The opportunities that fate hands down should be made use of, since many nations fought for what we have in our hands: we are free, we live in a free Europe and we must make use of that freedom appropriately. In order to lead a country successfully in the third millennium, not only should individual countries be considered but larger structures should be, too.
Some issues are of a national nature and there are others whereby common solutions must be sought, otherwise solutions to challenges will not be found, he said.
via HungaryMatters, MTI photo Noémi Bruzák