Marek Siwiec

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Marek Maciej Siwiec
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Marek Siwiec (2014)
Vice-President of the European Parliament
13th Vice-President in order of precedence
In office
1 January 2007 – 14 July 2009
President Hans-Gert Pöttering
4th Chief of the Polish National Security Bureau
In office
19 February 1997 – 17 June 2004
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Preceded by Jerzy Milewski
Succeeded by Tadeusz Bałachowicz
Personal details
Born (1955-02-13) 13 February 1955 (age 59)
Piekary Śląskie, Poland
Political party Your Movement (2013–present) Independent (2012–2013)
Democratic Left Alliance (1989–2012)
Party of European Socialists (as MEP)

Marek Maciej Siwiec (born on 13 March 1955 in Piekary Slaskie) is a Polish politician and since 2004 Member of the European Parliament for the Greater Poland Voivodship with the Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union, part of the Socialist Group and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. In the European elections of 2004 he obtained 36 985 votes. He was re-elected MEP in 2009, gaining 64 976 votes.

From January 2007 to June 2009 he served as Vice-President of the European Parliament. He also chaired the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. On 12 January 2010, he criticised the current EU policy toward the country saying in the European Parliament "Ukraine is in political chaos, which I think suits many people in the EU".[1] He was observer of the elections in Ukraine in 2006 and 2010.

Previously he was notable as Chief of the Polish National Security Bureau under President Aleksander Kwaśniewski.

Currently he serves as a coordinator of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats for the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. He is member of the Board of Yalta European Strategy foundation, President of European Friends of Israel, member of Global Leadership Council of Colorado State University.

Since 10 December 2011 to 28 April 2012 he was vice-chairman of Democratic Left Alliance.

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Career[edit]

Decorations[edit]

  • Order of Gedymin (1997, LT), Cavaliere di Gran Croce (1997, I), Ordem do Merito (1997, P), Ordre de Leopold (1999, B)
  • National Order of Merit (2000, F)
  • Ubique Patriae Memor (2002, BR)
  • Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (2003, LT)
  • Virtutea Militară (2003, RO)
  • Royal Victorian Order (2004, GB)
  • Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 4th and 3rd Class (1997, 2004, UA)

Controversies[edit]

During presidency campaign in 2000 a film was published revealing Marek Siwiec, then the chief of National Security Bureau, allegedly parodying a gesture of then pope John Paul II (making a cross sign in the air on arrival). President Kwaśniewski allegedly encouraged Siwiec to make a parody of pope's another gesture (kissing the soil).

According to Institute of National Remembrance (Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation), in 1986 he was registered as a Secret Collaborator (Polish: Tajny Współpracownik, TW) i.e. he collaborated with Ministry of Public Security of Poland during communism. He stopped collaborating in January 1990.

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