The first edition of this year VSPS Meets Russia program, titled “Empowering Civil Society” has just kicked off in Warsaw. The program is run focuses on supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. Additionally, the participants have the opportunity to meet the attendees of EAD’s annual School of Advanced Diplomatic Skills. Thanks to generous support from the Council of Europe and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, the program is a full scholarship initiative, with all costs including travel covered. The sessions are organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy in cooperation with our Russian partner.