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Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue
The European Solidarity Center, Gdansk, and the Council of the Baltic Sea States, Stockholm, are co-hosting the thirteenth edition of the Solidarity Academy – Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue.
These young journalists are pleased to attend the next edition of the Solidarity Academy, which will be held in Gdansk (Poland) and Kaliningrad (Russia).

Workshops for young journalists

The Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue is an international effort to support the development of young intellectual elite in the Baltic Sea region. During the workshops and lectures at the Solidarity Academy-Baltic Sea Youth Dialogue, 16 young journalists will have the chance to enhance their knowledge and build their skills in areas such as geopolitics or liberation movements on both a local and global/European scale. In addition to that, the Baltic Sea region and its related issues may play a key role in early detection and prevention of regional difficulties.

Journalists (through the age of 30) from countries around the Baltic Sea must be capable of conducting structured dialogue if they want to be successful in their work.

A list of countries that are eligible:

  • Russian Federation,

  • Poland,

  • Latvia,

  • Lithuania,

  • Denmark,

  • Iceland,

  • Finland,

  • Estonia,

  • Norway,

  • Sweden,

  • Germany.

Young journalists will participate in discussions to hone their skills, build their networks, and gain new perspectives on a variety of crucial issues. The discussions will take place in Gdansk, a historic city on the Baltic Sea that is important to democratic Europe, and Kaliningrad, a city where many of Europe's issues and problems can be seen first-hand.

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Solidarity (Solidarność)

NSZZ Solidarność (Solidarity), or NSZZ, is the largest Polish trade union federation. It was founded in 1980 and has been an umbrella organization of independent trade unions since 1994. NSZZ Solidarność claims to be the voice of Polish working people, and says it represents over 2.6 million workers in Poland. Its members work in a wide range of industries, including agriculture, construction, transport and manufacturing. The union has played a central role in many social movements throughout history, including the formation of the Solidarity trade union movement in 1980; the Polish Round Table Agreement in 1989; the creation of a democratic political system following the collapse of communism; and protests against government policies such as austerity measures and privatization efforts. Today, it continues to be one of the most powerful social movements in Poland.