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Foundation
Lech Wałęsa
Institute

We’ve showed that Poles, no matter how hard the situation is, are always able to cooperate. It’s a success of both sides. [...] we achieved all we could achieve in this situation. We will achieve the rest as well, as the most important thing belongs to us: our independent, self-governing trade unions. They are the guarantee of our future!

Lech Wałęsa

About the founder

Lech Wałęsa’s life is inseparably connected with the Solidarity movement and Polish way towards freedom in 1989.

”Lech Walesa’s activities have been characterised by a determination to solve his country’s problems through negotiation and cooperation without resorting to violence. He has attempted to establish a dialogue between the organisation he represents – Solidarity – and the authorities. The Committee regards Walesa as an exponent of the active longing for peace and freedom which exists, in spite of unequal conditions, unconquered in all the peoples of the world” - Nobel Peace Prize Committee, 1983

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ABOUT FOUNDATION

The intention behind the establishment of the Lech Wałęsa Institute Foundation was to gather multiple social environments to support the values of decentralization and self-governance, promote openness and honesty in politics, and spread the tradition of solidarity and independence. An institutional background enabled president Wałęsa to act efficiently in Poland and outside the country.

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Current
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Earlier
events

Lech Wałęsa at Harvard University

2019-11-18

President attended a meeting with academics from the Centre for European Studies and gave a lecture at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

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The 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

2019-11-17

The President wished the Czechs and Slovaks all the best on this occasion.

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Lech Wałęsa visits US Congress

2019-11-14

President Wałęsa spoke about the necessity of strengthening global American leadership in order to support freedom and democracy worldwide.

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LWI attends European seminar in Paris

2019-10-25

Being one of only four Polish organisations awarded within the “Europe for Citizens” program, we had the pleasure to take part in "Taking Stock of European Memory Policies 2019" seminar.

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We would like to extend our gratitude to all our Donors. It is thanks to you that we can promote the ideal of solidarity, support society democratization processes, promote a cross-cultural dialogue, and prevent human rights’ abuses.

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