|Prime Minister of Poland|
22 September 2014
|Preceded by||Donald Tusk|
|Marshal of the Sejm|
8 November 2011 – 22 September 2014
|Preceded by||Grzegorz Schetyna|
|Succeeded by||Radosław Sikorski|
|Minister of Health|
16 November 2007 – 8 November 2011
|Prime Minister||Donald Tusk|
|Preceded by||Zbigniew Religa|
|Succeeded by||Bartosz Arłukowicz|
3 December 1956 |
|Political party||Freedom Union (Before 2001)
Civic Platform (2001–present)
|Alma mater||Medical University of Lublin|
Ewa Kopacz [ˈɛva ˈkɔpat͡ʂ] ( ) (born December 3, 1956 in Skaryszew) is a Polish politician and currently the Prime Minister of Poland. Previously she was the Marshal of the Sejm, the only woman to have held the post. In addition, she was Minister of Health from November 2007 until November 2011. Kopacz has been a member of the Civic Platform since 2001. Kopacz became Prime Minister on September 22, 2014, succeeding Donald Tusk; she is the second woman to hold the office after Hanna Suchocka. Prior to entering politics, she was a pediatrician and a general practitioner.
Ewa Kopacz is the daughter of Mieczysław and Krystyna Kopacz. Her father was employed as a mechanic and her mother worked as a tailor. Ewa Kopacz was raised in Radom, where she graduated from high school. In 1981 she graduated from the Medical University of Lublin. She received second-degree specialisation in family medicine and a first degree in the field of paediatrics. She worked at the clinics in the villages of Orońsko and Chlewiska, then town of Szydłowiec, where until 2001 she headed the local health care facility. In addition, she occasionally acted as a forensic expert.
In the 1990s, joined the Freedom Union and chaired the party's structures in the province of Radom. In the local elections in 1998, the regional council elected a her as the councilor of the Masovian Voivodship.
In 2001, Kopacz left the Freedom Union to the newly created political party of Civic Platform. She was then elected to the Parliament in 2005, where she took over as the head of the Health Committee. She worked as the chairperson of the Civic Platform structures of Masovia.
Sejm of the Republic of Poland
Minister of Health
In 2009 Kopacz gained some degree of international fame by requesting pharmaceutical companies to present the advantages of swine flu vaccines, and demanding they take full responsibility for the side effects. She advised the Polish government to wait until proper testing had been done on the vaccine before investing in it, citing the fact that seasonal flu exceeds the current WHO criteria for pandemic every year but there has been no declaration of a pandemic of this much more dangerous seasonal flu. The Polish government refused to purchase the vaccine in question.
Pro-life activists in Poland had called for her excommunication after she was involved in arranging, in accordance with Polish law, an abortion for a 14-year-old girl, citing canon 1398, which automatically sanctions anyone who allows for the procedure to occur.
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- Media related to Ewa Kopacz at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website (Polish)
- Ewa Kopacz - parliamentary page (Polish) – includes declarations of interest, voting record, and transcripts of speeches
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