Danuta Hübner

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Danuta Hübner
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Chair of the European Parliament Constitutional Affairs Committee
Assumed office
7 July 2014
Preceded by Carlo Casini
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
7 June 2009
Constituency Poland
European Commissioner for Regional Policy
In office
22 November 2004 – 4 July 2009
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Jacques Barrot
Succeeded by Paweł Samecki
European Commissioner for Trade
In office
1 May 2004 – 22 November 2004
Served with Pascal Lamy
President Romano Prodi
Preceded by Pascal Lamy
Succeeded by Peter Mandelson
Personal details
Born Danuta Hübner
(1948-04-08) 8 April 1948 (age 69)
Nisko, Poland
Nationality Polish
Political party  Polish:
Civic Platform
European People's Party
Alma mater Warsaw School of Economics

Danuta Hübner (Polish: [daˈnuta ˈxʲybnɛr] or [ˈxʲibnɛr]; born 8 April 1948) is a Polish politician and Member of the European Parliament from Poland. She has served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy from 22 November 2004 until 4 July 2009, when she resigned to become a Member of European Parliament for the Civic Platform.[1] In 2012, Professor Hübner became a member of the International Honorary Council[2] of the European Academy of Diplomacy.


She received her MSc in Economics, Warsaw School of Economics (Central School of Planning and Statistics) in 1971, her PhD in economics, Warsaw School of Economics 1974 Visiting scholar at the Centre for European Studies at the University of Sussex in 1974, and her post-doctoral degree in international trade relations, Warsaw School of Economics in 1980. She was a 1988–1990 Fulbright scholar, University of California, Berkeley and received an honorary Degree in Laws of the Sussex University in 2005 .


In the 1970s she was a visiting scholar at Universidad Autonoma in Madrid. Since 1971 she has been a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics. For 1981–1987 she was Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Developing Countries, Warsaw School of Economics. She has been a full Professor, Warsaw School of Economics, since 1992, currently on leave. For 1991–1994 she was Deputy Director, Institute for Development and Strategic Studies, Warsaw.


For 1991–1997 Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Ekonomista, a Polish bi-monthly, and for 1994–1997 she was Editor-in-Chief of Gospodarka Narodowa, a Polish economics monthly.

Politics and policy[edit]

  • On 15 September 2010 Hübner supported the new initiative Spinelli Group in the European Parliament, which was founded to reinvigorate the strive for federalisation of the European Union (EU). Other prominent supporters are: Jacques Delors, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Guy Verhofstadt, Andrew Duff, Elmar Brok.
  • 7 June 2009 elected MEP for Poland in Warsaw Constituency (from Civic Platform)
  • since 1 May 2004 Member of the European Commission, since November 2004 Commissioner for Regional Policy
  • 2003–2004 Minister for European Affairs, Poland
  • 2001–2003 Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration and Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland
  • 2000–2001 United Nations Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva
  • 1998–2001 Economic Advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland
  • 1998–2000 Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva
  • 1997–1998 Minister Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland
  • 1996–1997 Government Plenipotentiary for establishing the Committee for European Integration (KIE), Secretary of KIE with the rank of Secretary of State and Head of the Office of the Committee for European Integration (UKIE)
  • 1995–1996 Chief Negotiator for accession to OECD
  • 1994–1996 Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industry and Trade
  • 1994–1995 Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Co-author of the Government Programme Strategy for Poland
  • 1992–1996 Chairperson of the Council for Social Planning, Central Office for Planning
  • In the years 1970–1987 she was a member of communist Polish United Workers' Party PZPR

Professional and other affiliations[edit]

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  • 1996–1998 Member of the Scientific Board of Economic Sciences Institute of the Polish Academy of Science
  • 1995–1997 Member of the National Statistics Council of Poland
  • 1987–1996 Member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, Geneva
  • Member of the Programme Council of Nowe Życie Gospodarcze, Polish economic bi-weekly magazine
  • Member of the Programme Council of the European Business Academy for Enterprises, Warsaw
  • President of the Programme Board of the Management Institute, Warsaw
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Policy Network and Communications Ltd., London
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the State Veterinary Institute in Puławy
  • Member of the Scientific Council of the Central Mining Institute, Katowice
  • Member of the Programme Board of the Polish Institute of Oncology, Warsaw
  • Member of the association for counteracting social exclusion of persons suffering from psychiatric disorders MOST, Bydgoszcz
  • Honorary member of Soroptimist International Poland – Dom Polski Association, Warsaw


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Political offices
New office Polish European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Paweł Samecki
Preceded by
Pascal Lamy
European Commissioner for Trade
Served alongside: Pascal Lamy
Succeeded by
Peter Mandelson
Preceded by
Jacques Barrot
European Commissioner for Regional Policy
Succeeded by
Paweł Samecki