Governance of Białystok

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Białystok, like other major cities in Poland, is a city county (Polish: powiat grodzki).[1] The Legislative power in the city is vested in the unicameral Białystok City Council (Polish: Rada Miasta), which has 28 members.[2] Council members are elected directly every four years, one of whom is the mayor, or President of Białystok (Polish: President).[2] Like most legislative bodies, the City Council divides itself into committees which have the oversight of various functions of the city government.[2] Bills passed by a simple majority are sent to the mayor, who may sign them into law.[2] If the mayor vetoes a bill, the Council has 30 days to override the veto by a two-thirds majority vote.[2] The current President of Białystok, elected for his first term in 2006, is Tadeusz Truskolaski.[3]

It is also the seat of government for the Podlaskie Voivodeship. The city is represented by several members of both houses of the Polish Parliament (Sejm and Senat) from the Białystok constituency. Białystok is represented by the Podlaskie and Warmian-Masurian constituency of the European Parliament.


The last municipal elections were won by Civic Platform, which holds a majority of the seats in the City Council. The current city mayor, Tadeusz Truskolaski, won the elections as the Civic Platform's candidate, however, he has no official connection with the party. Platform's major opponents, Law and Justice, have a minority of the seats in the City Council and were running the city administration before 2006.

Former Presidents of Białystok include:

The responsibilities of Białystok’s president include drafting and implementing resolutions, enacting city bylaws, managing the city budget, employing city administrators, and preparing against floods and natural disasters. The president fulfills his duties with the help of the City Council, city managers and city inspectors.

In 2007 the city authorities established the Youth City Council, which is a self-governing body of adolescents living in Białystok and learning in secondary schools in the city. Youth Council is a non-political consultative body for local government bodies.[5]

The city's official symbols include a coat of arms, a flag and a seal.[6]

Intergovernmental Organizations[edit]

Białystok is a member of several organizations:

Honorary Citizens[edit]

The following is a list of honorary citizens of the city:[11][12]

Podlaskie Voivodeship Governance[edit]

Białystok is the capital of Podlaskie Voivodeship, the Voivodeship Office is located on Mickiewicz Street.

National and EU Representation[edit]

Several members of both houses of the Polish Parliament (Sejm and Senat) are elected from the Białystok constituency. Białystok is represented by the Podlaskie and Warmian-Masurian constituency[14][15] of the European Parliament. The current MEPs are Krzysztof Lisek[16][17] and Jacek Kurski.[16]

International relations[edit]


  1. ^ Dz.U. z 1998 r. nr 91, poz. 578
  2. ^ a b c d e Statut Miasta Białegostoku Polish: {{{1}}}
  3. ^ Prezydent miasta, zastępcy ("Białystok City Mayor, Deputy"). Retrieved 2009-07-16.
  4. ^ "". 2 January 2003. 
  5. ^ Uchwała Nr XIX/197/07 Rady Miasta Białegostoku z dnia 26 listopada 2007 roku
  6. ^ "BiaĹ‚ - Oficjalny portal miejski - UrzÄ…d Miejski w BiaĹ‚ymstoku". 10 December 2007. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Aktualności". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  8. ^ KRS - Podmiot nr: 0000060828, STOWARZYSZENIE EUROREGION NIEMEN
  9. ^ "Lista członków". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  10. ^ [1] Eurocities Membership List
  11. ^ "Honorowi Obywatele Białegostoku". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  12. ^ "Honorowi Obywatele Białegostoku" (in Polish). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  13. ^ a b "Honorowi obywatele miasta". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  14. ^ The Act of 23 January 2004 on Elections to the European Parliament Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Polish National Election Commission 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  16. ^ a b "Serwis PKW – Wybory 2009". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  17. ^ "PE uchylił immunitet Liska". 11 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Honorary Consulates of Romania". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

Coordinates: 53°07′00″N 23°09′00″E / 53.116667°N 23.150°E / 53.116667; 23.150