CENTER FOR EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY STUDIES
The Center for European Solidarity Studies at the Collegium Intermarium is engaged in conducting interdisciplinary studies of the broadly understood issue of European cooperation and integration. The research undertaken is not limited exclusively to the phenomenon of the unification process taking place within the European Union, but also concerns the development of international cooperation within such international organizations and initiatives as the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Free Trade Association, the Visegrad Group, the Weimar Triangle, the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Nordic Council, and others.
We treat the issue of European solidarity broadly and seek pertinent, adequate and effective solutions for the states and societies of the Old Continent in the era of increasing globalization and the challenges of the modern world, which often exceed the capabilities of individual nations. Without questioning the necessity of international cooperation, we strive to find optimal forms of cooperation between states – cooperation that does not violate their sovereignty, independence, freedom, and cultural distinctiveness. At the same time, we are also aware that European solidarity should be based on common values, which date back to antiquity and the Middle Ages, characteristic of the European cultural circle.
The main activities of the Center are the preparation of scientific publications and the organization of scientific conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops in Poland and abroad. We also emphasize the importance of international academic exchanges, as European integration and solidarity equally concern the world of science.
Prof. Tomasz Grosse
Director of the Center for European Solidarity Studies
Tomasz Grosse is a Polish political scientist and sociologist, professor of social sciences. Lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Warsaw. Specialist in the economic policy of the European Union and its member states, as well as in the field of public management. He received his doctoral degree in the discipline of sociology from the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw on September 30th, 2002, on the basis of his thesis, “Polityka regionalna w Europie i USA” (“Regional Policy in Europe and the USA”). He was employed as an assistant professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he was awarded a postdoctoral degree in the humanities in the discipline of political science on the basis of his academic achievements and his dissertation, “Europa na rozdrożu” (“Europe at a crossroads”).
- social research: causes and costs of family breakdown;
- comparative analysis of family policies in North America, Europe and Asia;
- a catalog of good family policy practices in cooperation with the United Nations.
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