We are delighted to invite you to attend „The Treasure of solidarity: Lessons for Europe” international conference which will be held on May 4 and May 5, 2015 at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union in Brussels.
The aim of the conference is to reflect upon the achievements of the peaceful revolution conducted by the Polish “Solidarity” movement which irrevocably changed the face of Europe and the world. More importantly, its goal is to provide a forum for a thoughtful discussion of present-day challenges and opportunities for building and restoring solidarity in Europe, which at the threshold of the Third Millennium seems to be losing its moral and spiritual compass.
The ideas and values embodied by the “Solidarity” movement appear to be particularly needed today to inspire European politicians and intellectuals in their personal and public activities, and help them work out more effective solutions to the problems that Europe and the world are facing.
The conference is held under the auspices of the Polish delegations in the European People’s Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament.
4 MAY 2015
Premiere of the documentary film: „The Father, the Son and the Friend”
5 MAY 2015
International Seminar “The Treasure of Solidarity: Lessons for Europe”
09:15 Panel Discussion 1: How did we benefit from Solidarity?
Buzek, Lipowicz, Sonik, Thun
11:00 Coffee break
11:00 Press Conference
11:30 Panel Discussion 2: How can we preserve the Treasure of Solidarity? – Spiritual roots of solidarity
Alting von Geusau, Bartoli, Krasnodębski, Legutko, Philpott
14:00 Panel Discussion 3: The Power of Solidarity – The role of youth – the role of witnesses
Achremczyk, Czekierda, Gawriłow, Łączkowski, Szymborska
15:00 Panel Discussion 4: Solidarity: Treasure for the World – Present challenges
Bolkestein, Kurczewski, Porębski, Saryusz-Wolski, Scruton
16:00 Closing remarks
Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau – legal scholar and diplomat; director of the John F. Kennedy Institute, Center for International Studies (1967-87), chairman of the Advisory Commission on Disarmament and International Security (1976-84); in 2014 he received the Commander’s Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
Prof. Andrea Bartoli – Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University (USA),
Frits Bolkestein – Former European Commissioner for Internal Markets and Services,
prof. Jerzy Buzek – Prime Minister of Poland (1997-2001), President of the European Parliament (2009-2012),
prof. Irena Lipowicz – Polish Human Rights Defender/Ombudsman, joined “Solidarity” in 1980,
prof. Zdzisław Krasnodebski – Sociologist, „Solidarity” activist in the 1980s, current MEP,
prof. Jacek Kurczewski – “Solidarity” advisor and the Deputy Speaker of the first parliamentary term after 1989,
prof. Ryszard Legutko – Philosopher and politician, Deputy Chairman of the Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament,
dr Jan Olbrycht – Head of the Polish Delegation of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, Vice-Coordinator in the Committee on Budgets,
prof. Daniel Philpott – Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (USA),
prof. Czesław Porebski – Chair of the European Philosophy Department at the Jagiellonian University,
dr Jacek Saryusz-Wolski – Deputy Chairman of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, former Vice President of the European Parliament (2004-2007),
prof. Roger Scruton – Philosopher, during the Cold War personally involved in the establishment of underground universities and academic networks in Soviet-controlled Central Europe,
dr Bogusław Sonik – Organizer of the Students’ Committees of Solidarity in Cracow, former MEP,
Róża Thun – Member of the European Parliament (EPP), between 1992 and 2005 Director-General and Chairwoman of the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation.
Venue: Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union
Rue Stevin 139, 1000 Brussels, Belgium