On July 4, the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) commenced with its opening ceremony being held at the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe. The Academy’s fourth edition following to the motto of “Regional Policy and Regional Development: Euro-Atlantic Support to Eastern Partnership Countries” is once again co-hosted by The German Marshall Fund of the United States, the College of Europe, and the Polish American Freedom Foundation.
For two weeks, participants from Eastern Partnership countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine come together in Warsaw to exchange views, experiences, and gain skills, which will help them support the transformation processes in their respective countries. As the Rector of Natolin Campus, Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka, highlighted in her opening remarks, these up-and-coming experts are the “hungry generation”, which wants to learn, and that will realise how beneficial the exchange within the WEASA format will be in order to enhance their societies” well-being. Subsequently, GMF’s Warsaw Office Director Michał Baranowski urged the participants to make use of the opportunity of receiving knowledge beyond the workshops by sharing ideas with and learning from each other. He further encouraged them to enjoy the historic moment of the upcoming NATO Summit, allowing them to locally witness the attractiveness of the Euro-Atlantic spirit, which resembles after all their overall aspiration for their countries.