Anna Fotyga

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Anna Fotyga
Anna Fotyga (2007).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland
10th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Third Republic of Poland
In office
9 May 2006 – 15 November 2007
President Lech Kaczyński
Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Jarosław Kaczyński
Preceded by Stefan Meller
Succeeded by Radosław Sikorski
Chief of the Chancellery of the President
In office
29 November 2007 – 20 August 2008
President Lech Kaczyński
Preceded by Robert Draba (acting)
Succeeded by Piotr Kownacki
Personal details
Born (1957-01-12) 12 January 1957 (age 57)
Lębork, Poland
Political party Law and Justice
Anna Fotyga with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Anna Elżbieta Fotyga ['anːa fɔˈtɨɡa] ( ) née Kawecka (born 12 January 1957 in Lębork) is a Polish economist, politician, Member of the European Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, in the successive cabinets of Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński. She was Poland's first female to serve in the role

Fotyga is a graduate of the University of Gdańsk and the Danish School of Public Administration. She also served postgraduate internships at the Department of Labor of the United States, Cornell University in New York and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

In 1981, and again after 1989, she acted as Head of the Foreign Office of the Solidarity headquarters in Gdańsk, and was a close associate of Lech Kaczyński. In 2000, Fotyga served as a foreign affairs adviser under then Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Subsequently, she was Deputy Chair of the Supervisory Board of Social Security Administration (Zakład Ubezpieczen Spolecznych, ZUS) with special expertise in International Labour Organization (Międzynarodowa Organizacja Pracy) and the World Bank. From 2002 to 2004, she was Deputy Mayor of Gdańsk.

Fotyga garnered 25,994 votes (second highest in the region) in the 2004 European parliamentary elections as a candidate of the Law and Justice (PiS) party in the Pomeranian Voivodship.

On 9 May 2006 Anna Fotyga was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland by President Lech Kaczyński, replacing Stefan Meller. The opposition criticised her office for pursuing a policy of isolation in relation to Russia and Germany. On 7 September 2007 Fotyga was dismissed from her post but re-appointed again on the same day; in this way the Prime Minister and President avoided her being dismissed by a vote of censure prepared by the Civic Platform three months earlier. In July 2014 she became chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defence.

Her position on foreign affairs is congruent with the policy stance of PiS, based on the concept of Poland as a strong, independent country, poised to confront Germany or Russia when necessary. She has also pursued a policy of close alignment with the U.S..

Following the fall of the Kaczynski administration in 2007, she was succeeded by Radosław Sikorski as foreign minister of Poland.

Until 20 August 2008 Fotyga was a Chief of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland.

She is married and has two children.

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