The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy is a platform for experts and professionals from Eastern Partnership countries, the Western Balkans, and Poland, for exchanging experience, acquiring knowledge, and building networks.
It is the joint initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF), the Natolin College of Europe, and the German Marshall Fund (GMF).
Between 2013 and 2020, the PAFF’s Study Tours to Poland Program (STP) was a co-implementer of eight editions of WEASA. Since 2021, the main WEASA implementer is the College of Europe in Natolin. The project is co-financed by PAFF through the STP Program as well as the College of Europe in Natolin and the German Marshall Fund in Poland.
The thematic scope of the Academy includes systemic transformation, European integration, and transatlantic relations; and since 2017 the leading theme of WEASA has been digital challenges, especially cybersecurity.
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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 Politics of Technology
WEASA 2019 – Humans, Machines, Politics, Truth
WEASA 2020 – Public speach, Private platforms
WEASA 2021 – Whose technology? Whose interests? Power and influence in the Digital Area
In total, 373 people participated in WEASA.
We invite you to participate in subsequent editions of the WEASA!
We gather people who believe in the power of change.