Elżbieta Bieńkowska

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska
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European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Designate
Taking office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Succeeding Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services)
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (Industry and Entrepreneurship)
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 November 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Jacek Rostowski
Succeeded by TBD
Minister of Infrastructure and Development
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 November 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by TBD
Minister of Regional Development
In office
16 November 2007 – 27 November 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Grażyna Gęsicka
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1964-02-04) 4 February 1964 (age 50)
Katowice, Poland
Political party Civic Platform
Spouse(s) Artur Bieńkowski[1]
Children 2 daughters
1 son
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
Polish National School of Public Administration
Warsaw School of Economics

Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Polish pronunciation: [ɛlʐˈbʲiɛta bʲiɛɲˈkɔfska]) née Moycho, born on 4 February 1964 at Katowice, is a Polish politician and served as a Polish Government Minister (styled in (Polish): wicepremier, minister rozwoju regionalnego i transportu) before being nominated as European Commissioner by Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014.

Bieńkowska was Minister of Regional Development in Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Cabinet from 16 November 2007 until 27 November 2013,[2] when she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland while continuing her previous responsibilities at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

Education[edit]

Bieńkowska graduated from Jagiellonian University with a Master's degree in Oriental Philology in 1989.[2] She has also received a post-graduate Diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration and the degree of MBA from Warsaw School of Economics.[2]

Professional career[edit]

The author of several books, Bieńkowska was a Lecturer at Silesian University before embarking on her career in Public Administration. She joined the Business Department of the Silesian Voivodeship becoming Head of the EU PHARE INRED secretariat.[2]

Career in politics[edit]

Bieńkowska currently serves as Minister for Infrastructure and Development for Poland, as well as Deputy Prime Minister since the end of 2013. She describes herself as a technocrat.[3]

On 10th September 2014, she was designated European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and is to take office in November 2014, after the Council and Parliament of the European Union ratifies the Commission's President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker's nominations.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Grażyna Gęsicka
Minister of Regional Development
2007–2013
Position abolished
Preceded by
Jacek Rostowski
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
2013–2014
Succeeded by
TBD
New office Minister of Infrastructure and Development
2013–2014
Preceded by
Jacek Dominik
Polish European Commissioner
Designate

2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michel Barnier
as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Designate

2014–present
Preceded by
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci
as European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship