Amicus Europae Foundation was established by Aleksander Kwaśniewski in 2004. The so-called “presidential foundations” serve, worldwide, inter alia in the USA and in France, as a tool that enables to take advantage of the achievements, and to promote the accomplishments of persons holding the highest positions in the state (president and prime minister). They also offer a convenient platform for the former presidents to continue their public activity, building on their popularity and the customarily high levels of social trust, and to pursue honorable statutory objectives satisfying various types of contemporary needs.
The activity profiles of the former presidents’ foundations reflect, to a considerable degree, the priorities of their term in office, as well as the interests and the public activity-related aims of their founders. This is also the case with the Amicus Europae Foundation. Poland’s main achievements during the term in office of president Aleksander Kwaśniewski include the following: adoption of the Constitution of 1997, NATO and EU membership, establishment of close and good neighborhood relations within Central Europe, deepening of transatlantic cooperation, as well as progress in the process of reconciliation with Germany, Ukraine and the Jewish people.