Speech in Gdansk shipyard 1980 r.

Lech Wałęsa

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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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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Lech Wałęsa Institute granted funding from the „Europe for Citizens” program!


Institute is one of only four Polish organisations awarded in the competition.

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Lech Wałęsa initiates the activity of a new civil organisation


The Civil Electoral Assistance aims to support democratic parties in Poland

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New Programme Board appointed


The new body will realise its mission, consisting of four experienced experts and social activists.

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President Wałęsa for the OECD Forum Network


In the newly published article President Wałęsa writes about the way of Solidarity towards freedom and mentions the challenges which we are still to face

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