Ministry of Foreign Affairs grant

27 June 2022

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Center for Europe University of Warsaw and Faculty of Law University “St. Kliment Ohridski ”- Bitola (North Macedonia) realizes in 2022 a grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.

 

The strategic partners of the project are: Institute for Research and European Studies (North Macedonia), Center for International Relations (Poland), Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś (Serbia), University of Gdańsk (Poland), University of Economics in Katowice (Poland), Polish European Community Studies Association – PECSA.

 

The Coordinators of the project: by the Polish side – Dr. Artur Adamczyk and Dr. hab. Kamil Zajączkowski; by the Macedonian side – Professor Dr. Goran Ilik – Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of “St. Kliment Ohridski ” – Bitola. 

Project objectives

The aim of the project is to present Poland as a leader of political, economic, social and cultural changes in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The action is aimed at opinion-forming circles in the Balkans: employees and students of universities, non-governmental organizations and journalists in North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. As part of the activities undertaken under the project, Poland will be presented as a model of a country that has achieved success in the field of security (NATO membership), in the socio-economic dimension (EU membership, social and family policy, regional policy, agricultural policy, urban development, start-up sector) and in the cultural dimension (attachment to traditional Polish values).

Project activities

1.Organization of international workshops and conference on:  “Poland and the Balkans in Europe – Successes and Challenges”, which took place in Bitola (North Macedonia) on 1-2 July:
– link to the conference program – click here
– link to the workshop program – click here
2. Conducting and recording a series of 10 webinars and 4 podcasts presenting Polish experiences for the Balkan partners;
3. Organizing an international conference in Warsaw summarizing the project (October/November 2022);
4. Preparation of a publication presenting the Balkan and Polish experiences in political, legal, economic and social transformation – link here.

 

Project implementation:

International Conference "Poland and the Balkans in Europe: Successes and Challenges"

Center for Europe University of Warsaw and Faculty of Law University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola are the main organizers of international workshops and conference entitled “Poland and the Balkans in Europe – Successes and Challenges”, which will take place in Bitola on 1-2 July this year (Conference program) and online.

These events are carried out under the research grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”, which is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.

The organizers of the conference and workshop set themselves two tasks to be carried out. The first is to present Polish achievements and successes resulting from the transformation period and to define the challenges facing Poland. The second task is to present the most important challenges facing the Balkan states, and to identify their needs resulting from various experiences. The result of the conference should be mutual knowledge and understanding of the specificity of individual countries participating in the project. The aim of the Polish participants is to provide the Balkan partners with experiences resulting from the political, economic, legal, social and cultural transformation.

The organizers hope that the forms of cooperation provided for in the grant will allow for direct contact and mutual influence of various opinion-forming circles from Poland and the Western Balkans. The conference and workshops should contribute to deepening mutual contacts and establishing new ones, which will certainly contribute to building lasting, long-term cooperation and creating a favorable image of Poland in the academic, journalistic and non-governmental environment in the Balkan countries.

The project is implemented in cooperation with Balkan scientific institutions and non-governmental organizations: University of “Ss. Cyril and Methodius ”Skopje, University of Montenegro, University of Niś (Serbia), Institute for Research and European Studies (North Macedonia). The main Polish partners in the project are: Center for International Relations, University of Gdańsk, University of Economics in Katowice,Polish Association for Research of the European Community (PECSA) and the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin.

 

Webinar – „Polish experiences in building a civil society”

Centre for Europe UoW and Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych invite you to a webinar – „Polish experiences in building a civil society”

 
THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych. (VIDEO BELOW)
 
Our guests are:
– Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski, PhD, an Associate Professor at Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Sociologist and political philosopher; graduate of the Institute of Sociology at University of Warsaw and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Co-founder of the Social Movements Analysis Team Foundation (ZARS).
Elżbieta Korolczuk, PhD, a sociologist, works at the Södertörn University in Stockholm and is also a lecturer at the American Center Studies at the University of Warsaw. She studies social movements, civil society, gender and parenting issues.
– Grzegorz Piotrowski, PhD, works as a researcher at the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk. Since 2019, he has also been associated with the University of Gdańsk, where he is an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology.
– Stefan Paweł Załęski, PhD, sociologist, social philosopher, teaching at Graduate School of Social Research, author of a monography „Neoliberalism and Civil Society
 

 
Webinar – „Poland as a leader in shaping the European Union’s Eastern policy: the Eastern Partnership"

Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar – „Poland as a leader in shaping the European Union’s Eastern policy: the Eastern Partnership”.

THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych (VIDEO BELOW)

 
Our guests are:
 Tomasz Stępniewski, PhD, Deputy Director at the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin and Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science and Public Administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.
 Agnieszka Bryc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Faculty of Political Science and Security Studies. Member of the Programme Board at the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin.
 Marta Drabczuk, PhD, Assistant Professor at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin. Senior Analyst at the Department of Eastern Europe, Institute of Central Europe in Lublin.
Jakub Olchowski, PhD, Eastern Department, Institute of Central Europe in Lublin. Assistant Professor at the International Security Department, University of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin.
 
 

Webinar – „Poland as a leader of European cooperation on the North-South line: The Three Seas Initiative"

Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar – „Poland as a leader of European cooperation on the North-South line: the Three Seas Initiative”.

 
THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych (VIDEO BELOW)
 
Our guests are:
 Tomasz Stępniewski, PhD, Deputy Director at the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin and Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science and Public Administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.
 Aleksandra Kuczyńska-Zonik, PhD, Head of Baltic Department of the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin and a Research Assistant at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin.
 Łukasz Lewkowicz, PhD, Assistant professor at the Department of Political Thought of the Institute of Political Sciences and Administration at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. Senior analyst in the Department of the Visegrad Group of the Institute of Central Europe.
Konrad Pawłowski, PhD (hab.), Head of the Department of the Balkans at the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin. Assistant professor at the Department of International Relations, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.
 
 

Webinar – „Poland as a leader in supporting start-ups among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe"

Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Warsaw School of Economics invite you to a webinar – Poland as a leader in supporting start-ups among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe”.

 
THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych (VIDEO BELOW)
 
Our guests are:
Anna Masłoń-Oracz, PhD, Assistant professor, Rector’s Plenipotentiary for Africa, Warsaw School of Economics.
Ewa Geresz, Programs and Global Partnerships Director, Venture Café Warsaw.
 Maciej Sadowski, CEO, Startup Hub Poland, Chairman of the High-Tech Committee in Polish Chamber of Commerce.
 
 

Webinar – "Poland as a stabilizer of European security in the Eastern dimension: OSCE presidency"

Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar – „Poland as a stabilizer of European security in the Eastern dimension: OSCE presidency”. 

THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych (VIDEO BELOW)

 
Our guests are:
 Tomasz Stępniewski, PhD, Deputy Director at the Institute of Central Europe in Lublin and Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science and Public Administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.
 Jakub Bornio, PhD, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director at the Department of European Studies at the University of Wrocław, Fellow with the Jamestown Foundation.
 Dominik P. Jankowski, security policy expert, diplomat, and think tanker. He currently serves as Political Adviser and Head of the Political Section at the Permanent Delegation of Poland to NATO.
 Damian Szacawa, PhD, Senior Analyst, Department of the Baltics, Institute of Central Europe in Lublin, Assistant Professor at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University.
 

Webinar – "Poland as a country involved in the creation of a migration policy that guarantees a balance between the needs of the labor market and internal security"

Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar – „Poland as a country involved in the creation of a migration policy that guarantees a balance between the needs of the labor market and internal security”.

THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych (VIDEO BELOW)
 
Our guests will be:
– Marta Pachocka, PhD, Department of Political Studies of SGH Warsaw School of Economics; Head of the Migration Policies Research Unit at the Centre of Migration Research of the University of Warsaw; Secretary of the Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA).
Janusz Balicki, dr. hab. prof. of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw; Institute of Political Sciences and Administration (Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences); head of the Inter-institutes Migration Research Unit and the Interdisciplinary Migration Research Network; member of the Government Population Council.
– Artur Gruszczak, Professor of Social Sciences, Chair of National Security at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. He is a Faculty Member of the European Online Academy, Centre International de Formation Européenne in Nice.
– Dominik Wach, political scientist, a PhD student at the University of Warsaw, an affiliate at the Centre of Migration Research, and an assistant researcher at the SGH Warsaw School of Economics. He was professionally involved in the integration of refugees between 2008 and 2022.
 

Webinar – "Poland's involvement in activities for the green transformation - the European Green Deal"
Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar – “Poland’s involvement in activities for the green transformation – the European Green Deal”.
 
THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych from September 14, 2022, 5pm CEST.
 
Our guests are:
Anna Wójtowicz, PhD, Jean Monnet Chair of the European Union, Socio-Economic Collegium of Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), Member of the Polish European Community Studies Association (PECSA)
 Marek Gruchelski, Prof., Warsaw School of Economics (SGH),
Warsaw Management University
 Krzysztof Księżopolski, PhD, expert on economic and energy security and energy policy, Associate Professor, Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)
 Izabel Zygmunt, European Commission’s European Green Deal expert in Poland, Team Europe expert
 
 

Webinar - "Poland's success in the area of international trade and foreign direct investment: determinants and prospects".

Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar

THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych from September 21, 2022, 5pm CEST. ⏱️ (VIDEO BELOW)

Our guests are:
– Małgorzata Dziembała, PhD (hab.), prof. EU. Habilitated doctor in the discipline of economics; Head of the Department of International Economic Relations at the University of Economics in Katowice. She conducts research concerning the economic policy of the EU, including the cohesion policy, the competitiveness of regions, innovation and international cooperation of regions, integration processes in the EU and in the world.
Wojciech Tyborowski – Director of the Invest in Pomerania, which is the investor assistance center in Pomorskie Voivodeship. An experienced project manager, with previous professional experience from ABSL and ACCA. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk.
Stanisław Umiński, PhD (hab.), prof. UG. Habilitated doctor at the Department of International Economics and Economic Development, UG board member of the Institute of Development and ABSL Senior Analyst. An expert in the field of European integration, foreign direct investment, international trade and a trade analyst in a regional perspective. Author of numerous scientific publications, including in prestigious scientific journals.
Aleksandra Borowicz, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Gdańsk. Her research focuses on foreign direct investment and the economics of European integration. Member of numerous project teams co-financed by the European Union and, among others, National Bank of Poland. She has implemented projects from national and regional funds. Member of PECSA (Polish European Community Studies Association) and Team Europe by European Commission in Warsaw. Author and co-author of research papers and scientific books.

 

Webinar - "Poland as an example of the effective utilization of the EU cohesion policy funds"
Centre for Europe UoW, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar –  “Poland as an example of the effective utilization of the EU cohesion policy funds”.
 
THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych from September 28, 2022, 5pm CEST. ⏱️ (VIDEO BELOW)
 
Our guests are:
 Małgorzata Dziembała, PhD (hab.), prof. EU. Habilitated doctor in the discipline of economics; Head of the Department of International Economic Relations at the University of Economics in Katowice. She conducts research concerning the economic policy of the EU, including the cohesion policy, the competitiveness of regions, innovation and international cooperation of regions, integration processes in the EU and in the world.
 Marcin Baron, PhD, faculty of the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland (Department of Strategic and Regional Studies). He was granted a Stefan Batory Trust / Foreign Commonwealth Office Scholarship in Oxford to write his master thesis (in 2002) in urban and regional economics. Marcin also completed the postgraduate course “Knowledge Intensive Partnerships for Entrepreneurship” at Södertörn University in Stockholm and the International Management Teachers Academy (track: Strategic and International Management).
Anna Masłoń-Oracz, PhD, advisor on strategic management and international expansion of companies. Plenipotentiary of the Rector of the Warsaw School of Economics for Africa, assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, author of lectures and training courses in strategic management, which she conducts on three continents (Europe, Africa, Asia).
 Jarosław M. Nazarczuk (PhD), assistant professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. His main research interests include evaluation of effectiveness of regional policy programmes (i.e., special economic zones and regional smart specialization strategies), factors affecting regional/firm-level export activity, determinants of FDI location, and aftermaths of their inflow.
 

Webinar – "Polish cultural diplomacy and building the “Polska” brand through culture"

Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw, Centre for International Relations and Institute of Central Europe invite you to a webinar- „Polish cultural diplomacy and building the “Polska” brand through culture: experiences and perspectives”.

THE DEBATE IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE CHANNEL: Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych ⏱️ (VIDEO BELOW)

Our guests are:
 Dorota Jurkiewicz-Eckert
Art historian with interests in international relations and political sciences. Researcher and lecturer in the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw.
 Bożena Gierat-Bieroń, PhD.
Associate Professor and lecturer at the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University. She also served as the co-ordinator of MA Euroculture Programme and worked for National Centre of Culture in Warsaw.
 Aleksander Laskowski
Music writer, broadcaster and translator. He serves as Warsaw correspondent for the British Opera Magazine and works at the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw as the press spokesman.

 

Podcast - "Polish experiences as a post-communist state in building a civil society"

Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw and Centre for International Relations (Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych) invite you to a podcast „Polish experiences as a post-communist state in building a civil society”.

The speaker is Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski, PhD, an Associate Professor at Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Sociologist and political philosopher; graduate of the Institute of Sociology at University of Warsaw and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Co-founder of the Social Movements Analysis Team Foundation (ZARS).

Link to the podcast on Spotify – click here

The podcast is part of a project entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”.

This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.
Podcast - "Poland, the Balkans, Cental & Eastern Europe and European (Differentiated) Integration"
Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw and Centre for International Relations (Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych) invite you to a podcast – “Poland, the Balkans, Cental & Eastern Europe and European (Differentiated) Integration”.
 
The speaker is prof. Rafał Riedel, full professor at the Opole University (Poland) and Guest Lecturer at St Gallen University (Switzerland). PhD holder in Political Science, habilitated (in EU Studies) at the University of Wrocław, graduated at the Silesian University and Economic University in Katowice.
 
Link to the podcast on Spotify – click here
 
The podcast is part of a project entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.
Podcast - "Polish experiences in shaping participatory budgets - an example for the Western Balkans"
Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw and Centre for International Relations (Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych) invite you to a podcast – “Polish experiences in shaping participatory budgets – an example for the Western Balkans”.
 
The speaker is Marcin Sokołowski, PhD candidate, Faculty of Political Science and International Relations, University of Warsaw.
 
Link to the podcast on Spotify – click here
 
The podcast is part of a project entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.
Podcast - "Poland as a country of success in the transformation of the agricultural sector"

Centre for Europe of University of Warsaw and Centre for International Relations (Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych) invite you to a podcast “Poland as a country of success in the transformation of the agricultural sector”.

The speaker is Jan Borkowski, PhD, Polish scholar with nearly 30-years’ experience in public administration, politics and diplomacy, and an expert in economics, european integration and international relations. In 1993 he was elected to the Sejm (Polish Parliament), where he was Chair of the Europe Agreement Committee and Co-Chair of the Poland-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee. Appointed Under-Secretary of State at the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1996-1997. He returned to the same Ministry in 2007 as Secretary of State for almost five years, before being nominated as ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2012.

Link to the podcast on Spotify – click here

 

The podcast is part of a project entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations”. This is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland within the grant competition “Public Diplomacy 2022”.

Wykłady i warsztaty na University St. Kliment Ohridski (Bitola)

Bitola, Macedonia Północna, 6-7 października 2022

 

Pobyt na Uniwersytecie Klimenta-Ohridskiego w Bitoli stanowił element realizacji współpracy Centrum Europejskiego Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego i Ministerstwa Spraw Zagranicznych podjętej w ramach projektu “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations” (zadanie publiczne finansowane przez MSZ RP w ramach grantu „Public Diplomacy 2022”).

1. W dniu 6 października 2022 przedstawione zostały dwa wykłady skierowane do macedońskich studentów prawa:

  • „Civil Society in Poland after 1989: Transformation, Consolidation, Deconstruction”–przygotował i przedstawił dr hab. Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski, CE UW. 
  • “The war in Ukraine: different definitions of victory and the Polish perspective”–przygotował i przedstawił prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Jasiecki,  CE UW

 

2. W dniu 7 października 2022 przeprowadzone zostały zajęcia o charakterze warsztatowym dla studentów pierwszego roku prawa:

  • „Building civil society in liberal democracy”– dr hab. Mikołaj Rakusa-Suszczewski, CE UW
  • “Humanitarian aid for Ukrainian refugees as a catalyst of the new grassroots activity of society in Poland”– prof. dr hab. Krzysztof Jasiecki,  CE UW.

 

3. Ponadto, w drugim dniu wizyty delegację z Polski przyjął Rektor uczelni prof. Sasho Korunovski. Spotkanie dotyczyło możliwości kontynuacji i rozszerzenia współpracy dwustronnej między uczelniami, jak również wspólnej realizacji projektów międzynarodowych finansowanych ze środków Unii Europejskiej przeznaczonych na współpracę z krajami Bałkanów Zachodnich.

International Conference "Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations"

A one-day international conference entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations” was held on November 18 in Warsaw, in the beautiful Column Hall of the University of Warsaw.

The conference was organized by the European Center of the University of Warsaw (CE UW) under a grant entitled “Balkan Ambitions and Polish Inspirations” in the amount of PLN 164,846, which is a public task financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in the competition “Public Diplomacy 2022″. The event was to summarize the implementation of the grant.

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