Elżbieta Bieńkowska

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Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Elżbieta Bieńkowska Kancelaria Senatu.jpg
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Assumed office
1 November 2014
President Jean-Claude Juncker
Preceded by Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services)
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (Industry and Entrepreneurship)
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
In office
27 November 2013 – 22 September 2014
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Jacek Rostowski
Succeeded by Tomasz Siemoniak
Minister of Infrastructure and Development
In office
27 November 2013 – 22 September 2014
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Maria Wasiak
Minister of Regional Development
In office
16 November 2007 – 27 November 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Grażyna Gęsicka
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1964-02-04) 4 February 1964 (age 52)
Katowice, Poland
Political party Civic Platform
Spouse(s) Artur Bieńkowski[1]
Children 3
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
Polish National School of Public Administration
Warsaw School of Economics

Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Polish pronunciation: [ɛlʐˈbʲiɛta bʲiɛɲˈkɔfska]) née Moycho, born on 4 February 1964 at Katowice in Silesia, is a Polish politician who served as Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Transport before being nominated as European Commissioner by Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014.[2]

Bieńkowska was Minister of Regional Development in Prime Minister Donald Tusk's Cabinet from 16 November 2007 until 27 November 2013,[3] when she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Poland while continuing her previous responsibilities at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development.

Education[edit]

Bieńkowska graduated from Jagiellonian University with a Master's degree in Oriental Philology in 1989.[3] She has also received a post-graduate Diploma from the Polish National School of Public Administration and afterwards a postgraduate studies MBA from Warsaw School of Economics.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Bieńkowska's career in public administration started at Katowice City Council where she worked on regional contracts being promoted, in 1999, as head of Katowice's Department for Economy. Later that year, she was appointed Director of Regional Development for the Silesian Voivodeship, where she served until 2007.

Career in politics[edit]

Bieńkowska describes herself as a technocrat.[4] She is not a party member, and was elected to the Senate of Poland in 2011 as an independent candidate, backed by the Civic Platform.[5]

In the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Bieńkowska served as Minister for Infrastructure and Development for Poland, as well as Deputy Prime Minister from the end of 2013 until October 2013. In this capacity, she was charge of allocating European Union funding and the country's transport infrastructure.[6] Under her leadership, the ministry was Poland’s second-largest department after the ministry of finance, with 1,600 employees and nine deputy ministers.[5] In February 2013, she secured €105.8 billion from the EU budget for 2014-20.[5]

On 3 September 2015, Bieńkowska was announced as the Polish nominee to the European Commission, in place of foreign affairs minister Radek Sikorski, who had been put forward in August in a bid to secure the post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.[7]

On 10 September 2014, Juncker designated Bieńkowska as European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, following which, on 1 November 2014, she took office in the Juncker Commission.

Since 2015, Bieńkowska has been chairing the European Commission’s High-level Group of Personalities on Defence Research.[8]

Honours and decorations[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Bieńkowska is married and has three children.[5] The family owns three dogs.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Grażyna Gęsicka
Minister of Regional Development
2007–2013
Position abolished
Preceded by
Jacek Rostowski
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Tomasz Siemoniak
New office Minister of Infrastructure and Development
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Maria Wasiak
Preceded by
Jacek Dominik
Polish European Commissioner
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michel Barnier
as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
2014–present
Preceded by
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci
as European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship