The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy is a platform for exchanging experiences, gaining knowledge and networking among experts and specialists from the EaP countries.
It is a joint initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, College of Europe in Natolin and German Marshall Fund.
The Study Tours to Poland Program is a co-creator of the WEASA project within the framework of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.
The modernization and transformation processes in the EaP countries have been shaped by complex historical, social and economic experiences as well as different geopolitical influences. It is not only the shape of the political map of our continent, prosperity and economic development of its society, but also security and stability in Europe that determines whether the changes in the region will be successful or not. The knowledge of transformation and integration processes may be helpful in establishing particular countries’ own strategies of development and reformation.
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The WEASA Program is concentrated around 3 main areas: European integration, system transformation and transatlantic relations.
The WEASA is addressed to experts, analysts and advisors working in analytical centers, academic centers, state institutions and within the political structures of the EaP countries.
Participants have the opportunity to listen to lectures and take part in meetings, workshops and study visits. Participation in WEASA took, among others Gunter Verheugen, Madeleine Albright, Leszek Balcerowicz, Edward Chow, Edward Lucas and many other outstanding lecturers, experts and practitioners from Europe and the USA.
The pilot edition was implemented in 2013. It was devoted to transatlantic relations and transformation challenges in Eastern Europe. 44 persons from all EaP countries participated in the program. The participants had an opportunity to attend lectures and discuss, among others, with Günter Verheugen – Former Vice-President of European Commission, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski MEP, Leszek Balcerowicz – initiator of the system transformation in Poland, Robert Wexler – U.S. House of Representatives, Gert Weisskirchen – Former Member of the Bundestag, Paweł Samecki – Director of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) and former EU Commissioner, Gerhard Stahl – CoR’s Secretary General, and many other brilliant experts and academics.
Each edition is devoted to a different topic.
WEASA 2014 – Politics, Economy and Society in the Era Of Mobility: Perspectives For The Eastern Partnership States
WEASA 2015 – Energy Security
WEASA 2016 – Euro-Atlantic Support to Reforms and Development in Eastern Partnership Countries: Dialogue on the New Architecture
WEASA 2017 – Digital Community: Security, Information and Economy
WEASA 2018 – the Digital Community topic will be continued
In total, 223 people participated in WEASA, including 214 from the Eastern Partnership.
We invite you to participate in subsequent editions of the WEASA!
We gather people who believe in the power of change.