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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'Wałęsa 80' premiere in Gdansk (pictures)


Photos from President's book premiere meeting with Onet journalists are now available

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Premiere of 'Wałęsa 80' book in Gdańsk


In a conversation with Kamil Dziubka and Janusz Szwertner, President Lech Wałęsa talks about his political career and the struggle for democracy in Poland in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Lech Wałęsa awarded the Special Medal for Freedom of Speech


The Freedom of Speech Medal Award Gala, organised by the Grand Press Foundation, took place on 30 August at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk

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Lech Wałęa with support for protesters in Iran


The President signed an open letter calling for solidarity with the demonstrators

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