Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy 2015
On June 29, 2015, the Warsaw office of The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in cooperation with the College of Europe, Natolin Campus; and the Polish American Freedom Foundation hosted the third Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) - an educational program for young professionals from the Eastern Partnership countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
WEASA was founded to present the political, social, and economic foundations of modern democracies in the European Union and transatlantic community, and further promote the values of freedom, pluralism and peace in the Eastern Partnership region. The theme for this year’s WEASA is energy security.
Ivan Vejvoda, GMF’s senior vice president, delivered the opening address in which he stressed the importance of a vibrant and active civil society, while encouraging the participants to become active leaders in their home countries upon their return back.
Vejvoda’s speech was followed by an introductory remarks from Ambassador Matthew Bryza entitled, global trends in energy – geopolitics. It focused on the importance of good governance in providing incentives and a vision for the private energy sector as a catalyst for the pursuit of energy security. Bryza’s remarks also examined various unconventional and renewable sources of energy and the strong potential for transatlantic energy cooperation in order to counter Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas.
WEASA will continue until July 10 with many more experts and officials in the energy field scheduled to hold lectures, workshops, and roundtables at the College of Europe, Natolin Campus.