Ewa Kopacz

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Ewa Kopacz
Premier Ewa Kopacz.jpg
Prime Minister of Poland
Assumed office
22 September 2014
President Bronisław Komorowski
Deputy Tomasz Siemoniak
Janusz Piechociński
Preceded by Donald Tusk
Marshal of the Sejm
In office
8 November 2011 – 22 September 2014
Preceded by Grzegorz Schetyna
Succeeded by Radosław Sikorski
Minister of Health
In office
16 November 2007 – 8 November 2011
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Zbigniew Religa
Succeeded by Bartosz Arłukowicz
Personal details
Born (1956-12-03) 3 December 1956 (age 57)
Skaryszew, Poland
Political party Freedom Union (Before 2001)
Civic Platform (2001–present)
Alma mater Medical University of Lublin
Religion Roman Catholicism

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.[1] Kopacz became Prime Minister on September 22, 2014, succeeding Donald Tusk; she is the second woman to hold the office after Hanna Suchocka.[2] Prior to entering politics, she was a pediatrician and a general practitioner.[3]


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.

Political activities[edit]

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[edit]

Kopacz was first elected as a deputy to the Sejm in 2001.[1] She was subsequently re-elected in 2005, 2007 and 2011. In November 2011, she was elected the Marshal of the Sejm.[4]

Minister of Health[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Prime Minister[edit]

Government of Ewa Kopacz

On September 22, 2014 Ewa Kopacz was sworn in as Prime Minister[7] and four days later formed a cabinet.[8]


  1. ^ a b Kopacz, Ewa. "O mnie" [About me]. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "President confirms incoming PM Ewa Kopacz". Polskie Radio. September 12, 2014. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://polska.newsweek.pl/ewa-kopacz--kobieta-z-sekretem,83703,1,1.html
  4. ^ "Ewa Kopacz elected Polish Sejm Speaker". Voice of Russia. November 8, 2011. Archived from the original on September 26, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://vimeo.com/85678672
  6. ^ "Poland Pro-Life Groups Call for Health Minister's Excommunication After Abortion Involvement". June 24, 2008. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Ewa Kopacz sworn-in as new Polish Prime Minister". The Hindu (Warsaw). September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "New Polish PM Ewa Kopacz unveils new cabinet". Euronews. September 26, 2014. Archived from the original on September 20, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2014. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zbigniew Religa
Minister of Health
Succeeded by
Bartosz Arłukowicz
Preceded by
Grzegorz Schetyna
Marshal of the Sejm
Succeeded by
Radosław Sikorski
Preceded by
Donald Tusk
Prime Minister of Poland