On Monday, July 7, 2014, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the College of Europe in Natolin, and the Warsaw office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) inaugurated the second edition of the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy. WEASA is a two-week educational program targeted at analysts, policy advisors, and experts from the six Eastern Partnership countries.
The opening ceremony featured Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka, vice-rector of the College of Europe, Natolin campus; Jerzy Koźmiński, president of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation; and Michał Baranowski, director of the GMF Warsaw office.
Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka welcomed the participants at the Natolin campus underlining that the main goal of the college is to support transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. The vice-rector noted that Europe needs to focus not only on its internal issues, but also on the neighbouring countries, including those in the east. She stated that WEASA is a great opportunity to exchange European and American views.
Jerzy Koźmiński started his remarks by saying that the Polish-American Freedom Foundation could not be happier to be involved in WEASA. He noted that PAFF assists to consolidate the results of changes in Poland after the collapse of the communism. PAFF also shares the Polish experience of political and economic transition with other countries bringing them closer to the Euro-Atlantic community.
Michał Baranowski outlined that WEASA is a unique initiative which for the second time brings together young generation of the Eastern Partnership states. It provides a reciprocal learning opportunity. Over the course of two weeks, participants have the chance to analyze the successes and faults, learning from the transatlantic example. At the same time, they can share their countries’ perspectives on political transitions and developments.
To find out more about WEASA visit: www.weasa.org