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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The 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution


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

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Lech Wałęsa visits US Congress


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


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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The "Climate Solidarity" conference takes place in Gdańsk


On September 29, the day of the 76th birthday of President Wałęsa, we met in the European Solidarity Centre to express global climate solidarity.

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