Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz

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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz
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Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz (2011)
Mayor of Warsaw
7th Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 December 2006
Preceded by Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (acting)
President of The National Bank of Poland
In office
5 March 1992 – 10 January 2001
Preceded by Andrzej Topiński (acting)
Succeeded by Leszek Balcerowicz
Personal details
Born (1952-11-04) 4 November 1952 (age 61)
Flag of Warsaw.svg Warsaw, Poland Poland
Political party Civic Platform
Spouse(s) Andrzej Waltz
Profession Economist, lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic

Hanna Beata Gronkiewicz-Waltz (Polish pronunciation: [ˈxanna ɡrɔnˈkʲevʲit͡ʂ ˈvalt͡s], born 4 November 1952 in Warsaw) is a Polish liberal-conservative politician who has been the Mayor of Warsaw since 2 December 2006. She is the first woman to hold this position.

Between 1992 and 2000, she was the Chairman of the National Bank of Poland, the central bank of Poland. She resigned to take the position of the Deputy Chairman of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, a position she held between 2001 and 2004.

Gronkiewicz-Waltz was elected to the Sejm on 25 September 2005 after receiving 137,280 votes in the 19th Warsaw district, running on the Civic Platform list.

In the 2006 municipal elections, Gronkiewicz-Waltz served as Civic Platform's nominee for mayor of Warsaw. On 12 November she gained 34.23%, finishing next to Law and Justice candidate, former Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz. As neither received 50 percent of the vote, a second round election was held on 26 November, where Gronkiewicz-Waltz received 53.18% of the votes, winning the election.

In 2007

In January 2007, just a few weeks into her term, Gronkiewicz-Waltz was at the center of a controversy that could have cost her the office. A law enacted in 2005 obliged the mayors of Polish municipalities to publicly disclose their own as well as their spouse's financial circumstances. The law requires the successful candidate's disclosure statement to be provided within 30 days after the inauguration, whereas the statement regarding the candidate's spouse is to be submitted within 30 days after the actual election. Gronkiewicz-Waltz submitted her own and her husband's statements on 2 January 2007, exactly 30 days after her inauguration. On 20 January, the newspaper Dziennik reported that Mr. Waltz's documents had been two days past the deadline, which in his case had been on 28 December 2006. Based on this, Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński of the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party maintained that Gronkiewicz-Waltz's mandate had expired on 28 December 2006, and announced that the local elections would be repeated. Gronkiewicz-Waltz's party Civic Platform argued that the Prime Minister did not have the authority to make this decision, and that the case would need to be examined in court instead. Polish legal experts maintained that by submitting their statements on the same day, Gronkiewicz-Waltz had observed the spirit, if not the letter of the law. Also, having two different deadlines for the statements could be considered as an unconstitutional legal trap. In the meantime, Civic Platform announced that it would nominate Gronkiewicz-Waltz again, should the elections need to be repeated. On 13 March 2007, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled against the governing Law and Justice party and struck down the controversial law that threatened her and many other public officials with the loss of their positions solely because they did not file paper work on time.

Regarding gay parades in the capital, Gronkiewicz-Waltz has taken the opposite stand to her predecessor, approving a gay pride parade. Though gay parades have been officially allowed in the past, they had always met with strong resistance during the term of Lech Kaczyński as Mayor of Warsaw, particularly from the All-Polish Youth movement. Gronkiewicz-Waltz said the parade would pose no threat to morals and pointed to this month's ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that Kaczyński had acted illegally and discriminatory in banning the gay pride marches. [1]

In the November 2010 municipal elections, Gronkiewicz-Waltz was reelected as the mayor (or "president") of Warsaw, winning 53.67% of the votes outright in the first round, making a second round unnecessary.

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz was along with Monika Olejnik, an influential journalist, a murder target of Brunon K., who was arrested in November 2012 in connection with preparation of terrorist attack on Sejm.[1]

Gronkiewicz-Waltz is a Fellow of Collegium Invisibile as a Professor of Economics.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Monika Olejnik i Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz na celowniku Brunona K. [Monika Olejnik and Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz also targeted by Brunon K.] (in Polish). wyborcza.pl. 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "List of Fellows". ci.edu.pl. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrzej Topiński (acting)
President of the National Bank of Poland
1992–2001
Succeeded by
Leszek Balcerowicz
Preceded by
Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz (acting)
Mayor of Warsaw
2006–present
Incumbent