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Content updated: 23-10-2020 18:59

Congratulations on the occasion of the Day of the Constitution by the President of the Constitutional Court, Dainius Žalimas

23-10-2020

The Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania is more mature on its 28th anniversary. Having granted its citizens the possibility to defend their rights or freedoms by directly applying to the Constitutional Court, the Constitution has become an even more solid weapon in the hands of society. Will we be capable of using it? I believe so; since, encouraged by the Constitution, our society is becoming ever more active and more open, despite the temporary circumstances impeding the pace of life and mutual communication. Gradually, but increasingly more boldly, we are becoming intolerant of deep-rooted stereotypes that undermine human dignity and justify discrimination. Nevertheless, the most important thing is not so much where we stand, but in what direction we are moving, as stated by the early 20th-century U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The Constitution shows us the direction of the development of the state and society – open civil society, a pluralistic democracy, and western geopolitical orientation. However, the pace at which we will be moving along this path depends primarily on our willingness to seek not only our own well-being, but also that of the whole state, as well as on personal responsibility and our sincere, rather than formal, commitment to the Constitution.

Congratulations on our holiday – the Day of the Constitution!