The Jan Nowak-Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe (Kolegium Europy Wschodniej) was founded in February 2001 by Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, a democratic activist, the legendary „Courier from Warsaw”, the long-time director of the Polish section of Radio Free Europe and the former vice president of the Polish-American Congress. The College of Eastern Europe is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Wroclaw, a city, which, Nowak-Jeziorański once said, „with its root in the Easter is a strategic outpost in the struggle for a better and safer future for Poland.”

The other founders are the City of Wroclaw, Lower Silesian Voivodeship Council, National Ossoliński Institute, Angelus Silesius Meeting House, Krzyżowa Foundation and European Cultural Association.

The mission of The College of Eastern Europe is to build Eastern Europe as a community of free people. For us, Europe is not a geographic but axiological concept. Its borders are drawn by ideals. We want citizens of the former Soviet Union to adhere to European values.

Therefore, the Foundation promotes cooperation among the people of Central and Eastern Europe. This is why:

– through our scholarship programmes, we educate and we raise the qualifications of officials and leaders of local communities from Eastern Europe. Poland is an example of successful political transformation and we show how to use this experience;

– we inform and shape public debate about Central and Eastern Europe in Poland (Nowa Europa Wschodnia magazine) and across the world (New Eastern Europe magazine);

– thanks to the KEW Publishing House we promote Eastern European literature in Poland and Polish thought about the East in our country. We publish over a dozen new titles every year. We promote valuable, non-commercial literature;

– we create and conduct discussions on international politics, organise book promotions, conferences and seminars;

– we discuss – the annual Polish Eastern Policy Conference is a platform for debate on Poland’s policy towards Eastern Europe. This is the only event of its kind in Poland, which involves politicians, journalists, polical commentators and NGOs. We foster pluralism of opinion and serious discussion, devoid of populism;

– we educate – during New Eastern Europe School the most outstanding European academics share their knowledge with students from Poland and Eastern Europe. During the seminar „Translators Without Borders”, distinguished translators share their knowledhe and experience with upcoming talents. During the Bohdan Osadchuk Polish-German-Ukrainian School, young leaders from Poland, Germany and Ukraine debate the future of Europe and Polish-German-Ukrainian cooperation.



The road to safe future does not lead through inherent hatred but through dialogue – not just between governments but above all between ordinary people. A dialogue that leads to mutual understanding and mutual human benevolence. (…) Do not forget about the past. But if we do not want it to repeat itself, we must remember that  the past cannot serve as a cause for mutual hatred.

Jan Nowak – Jeziorański



Managing Board

Laurynas Vaiciunas, Chairman of the Board mob. 691 848 908

Jan Andrzej Dąbrowski, Deputy Chairman of the Board mob. 691 848 545

Iwona Reichardt, Member of the Board mob. 691  848 332


Publishing Department

Editorial office of Nowa Europa Wschodnia (NEW)

Laurynas Vaiciunas, Interim Editor-in-Chief tel. 691 848 908


Editorial office of New Eastern Europe (NEE)

Adam Reichardt, Chief editor, tel. 691 848 101

Iwona Reichardt, Vice-chief editor, tel. 691  848 332

Daniel Gleichgewicht, Editor,


The College of Eastern Europe Publishing House

Laurynas Vaičiūnas, Director, tel. 691 848 908 or

Ewa Mielnik, Distribution,



Joanna Żaba-Furmanek, tel. 71 399 27 82 (accountant)


Other events 

International Translator Seminary – Translation without borders

Dr. Adam Pomorski (PEN Club Polska), Seminary program director

Department of implementation

Jacek Kaszuba,



III Term

Chairman of the Board

Adolf Juzwenko, Director of the National Ossoliński Institute in Wroclaw

Vice Chairman of the Board:

Paweł Kowal, Member of the Polish Parliament, historian, politician and former Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Republic of Poland

Members of the Board:

Adam Boniecki, former Editor-in-Chief of Tygodnik Powszechny

Sebastian Burdzy, Vice-Head of Środa Śląska District

Adam Chmielewski, Professor of the University of Wroclaw

Urszula Doroszewska, Polish Ambassador to Lithuania

Wiesław Dreko, CEO of Zec-Service Sp z o.o.

Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, Mayor of Gdansk

Rafał Dutkiewicz, former Mayor of Wroclaw

Grzegorz Dzik, CEO of Impel SA, Honorary Consul of Ukraine in Wroclaw

Norbert Frejek SJ, former Director of the Angelus Silesius Meeting House in Wroclaw

Jerzy Koźmiński, CEO of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation

Henryk Litwin, former Polish Ambassador to Ukraine

Tadeusz Luty, Professor of the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Jan Malicki, Director of the Centre for East European Studies at the University od Warsaw

Andrzej Nowak, Professor of Jagiellonian University

Jarosław Obremski, Governor of Lower Silesia

Cezary Przybylski, Marshal of Lower Silesia

Jacek Sutryk, Mayor of Wroclaw

Jan Waszkiewicz, Professor of Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

Wojciech Wróbel, owner of Grupa Wróbel S.A.

Krystyna Zachwatowicz – Wajda, Stage designer, Professor of the Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow

Robert Żurek, President of the Board of the Krzyżowa Foundation


Ambasador Urszula Doroszewska


Professor Paweł Kowal


Professor Zbigniew Brzeziński

Andrzej Wajda i Krystyna Zachwatowicz

Krystyna Zachwatowicz – Wajda i Andrzej Wajda



  • Roman Czmełyk
  • Kazimierz Michał Ujazdowski
  • Stanisław Huskowski
  • Krzysztof Grzelczyk
  • Leon Kieres
  • Jan Parys
  • Jacek Protasiewicz
  • Marek Łapiński
  • Andrij Sadowyj
  • Barbara Tuge-Erecińska
  • Wojciech Zajączkowski
  • Bogdan Zdrojewski


  • Jan Nowak-Jeziorański (1914-2005)
  • Bohdan Osadczuk (1920 – 2011)
  • Bronisław Geremek (1932-2008)
  • Jerzy Kłoczowski (1924-2017)
  • Jerzy Bahr (1944-2016)
  • Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016)
  • Zbigniew Brzeziński (1928-2017)
  • Paweł Adamowicz (1965-2019)