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|16th Prime Minister of Poland|
16 November 2015
|Preceded by||Ewa Kopacz|
|Member of the Polish Parliament for Chrzanów|
19 October 2005
|Born||Beata Maria Kusińska
15 April 1963
|Political party||Law and Justice|
|Alma mater||Jagiellonian University|
Beata Maria Szydło ([bɛˈata ˈmarja ˈʂɨdwɔ] ( listen); née Kusińska [kuˈɕiɲska]; 15 April 1963) is the current Prime Minister of Poland. Following the 2015 parliamentary election, she formed her cabinet, which took office on 16 November 2015. Before being appointed Prime Minister, she successfully led the presidential campaign of Andrzej Duda, the 2015 presidential nominee of Law and Justice party. She is vice-chairman of the Law and Justice party. She is Poland's third female prime minister after Hanna Suchocka and Ewa Kopacz and the first to succeed another woman (Kopacz) in office.
Early years and education
Szydło was born in Oświęcim and raised near Brzeszcze, where her father was a miner. She graduated from Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1989 where she completed studies at the Department of Ethnography. In the years 1989 – 1995, she was a PhD student at the Philosophy and History Faculty of that university. In 1997, she completed post-graduate studies for managers of culture at Warsaw School of Economics, whereas in 2001 at Kraków University of Economics - management of local government in the European Union.
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Szydło was elected mayor of Gmina Brzeszcze at the age of 35. In 2004, she participated in International Visitor Leadership Program. In September 2005, she was elected to the Sejm, the lower house of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland receiving 14,499 votes in 12 Chrzanów district, as a candidate of the conservative Law and Justice party. She was elected member of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Parliament of the Republic of Poland. She was appointed vice-chairman of the Law and Justice Party On 24 July 2010, and later in September 2014, she succeeded Stanisław Kostrzewski as the treasurer of the Law and Justice party.
Following her successful leadership of Andrzej Duda's presidential campaign, at the Law and Justice party convention on 20 June 2015 Szydło was named as a candidate for the Prime Minister in the Polish parliamentary election. After the Law and Justice party won the election in October 2015, she became the Prime Minister of Poland taking office on 16 November 2015.
Prime Ministership since 2015
On 18 October 2015 she made her keynote address (pl), further receiving 236 votes in favour of her government. One of her first decisions was to remove the EU flag from press conferences at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and to replace the clock in the meeting hall of the Council of Ministers with a Cross. She declared introducing the 500+ programme will be her priority as Prime Minister. The programme was introduced on 1 April 2016, supplying families with 500PLN for every child, starting from the second child. It is intended to serve as a demographic stimulus, and enhance population growth.
One of the biggest controversies during her administration, the Polish Constitutional Court crisis, 2015 was officially criticized by the European Parliament, which, on 13 April 2016, passed a resolution declaring that the Parliament "is seriously concerned that the effective paralysis of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland endangers democracy, human rights and the rule of law".
Beata Szydło's government was strongly opposed to the UK's effort to stop EU immigrants claiming in-work benefits for four years if they moved to Britain. Increasing the support for Brexit. Beata Szydło did offer support in return for a permanent base of NATO troops on Polish territory, in breach of a 1997 agreement with Russia.
Szydło is married to Edward Szydło. The couple has two sons: Tymoteusz, a Catholic priest, and Błażej. She is a devout Catholic and declares her adherence to conservative Christian values.
On 21 November 2016, Szydlo's vehicle was involved in a 5 vehicle crash in Israel which included a police car and ambulance. She was in Israel for government to government talks and to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. Just a few months later, on 10 February 2017, Szydło and 2 security officials were injured in a car crash in her hometown, Oświęcim. Her Audi limousine swerved and hit a tree to avoid a small Fiat whose driver was later charged with involuntary violation of traffic safety. She suffered bruises and was hospitalised in Warsaw.
State visits gallery
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with David Cameron (2015)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Erna Solberg (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Matteo Renzi (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Pope Francis (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Juan Carlos Varela (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Bujar Nishani (2016)
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło with Angela Merkel (2017)
- Cabinet of Beata Szydło
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- Polish parliamentary election, 2015
- Polish presidential election, 2015
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- "Krzyż zamiast zegara - nowe porządki w sali posiedzeń Rady Ministrów". TR (in Polish). Onet.pl. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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- "Polish PM involved in Jerusalem pile-up". Times of Israel. 21 November 2016.
- "Polish prime minister hurt in car crash but prognosis good". AP. 10 February 2017.
- "Man charged in car crash that injured Polish prime minister". AP. 14 February 2017.
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