Janusz Lewandowski

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Janusz Lewandowski
Janusz Lewandowski Sejm 2016.JPG
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
In office
9 February 2010 – 1 July 2014
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Algirdas Šemeta
Succeeded by Andris Piebalgs (Acting)
Personal details
Born Janusz Antoni Lewandowski
(1951-06-13) 13 June 1951 (age 65)
Lublin, Poland
Political party Solidarity (1980–1988)
Liberal Democratic Congress (1988–1994)
Freedom Union (1994–2001)
Civic Platform (2001–present)
Alma mater University of Gdańsk

Janusz Antoni Lewandowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjanuʂ lɛvanˈdɔfskʲi]; born 13 June 1951) is a Polish politician and economist belonging to the Gdańsk liberals group, and a former member of the European Parliament (elected on 13 June 2004), Chairman of the Committee on Budgets. On 27 November 2009 he obtained the post of Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission and is affiliated to the European People's Party (EPP).[1][2]


Paweł Rogaliński and Janusz Lewandowski (2012)

Lewandowski was born in Lublin. He graduated in economics from University of Gdańsk, received a doctorate and was a lecturer there until 1984. Later he worked for Polish Oceanic Lines (Polskie Linie Oceaniczne). He was also a lecturer at Harvard University and the founder of the Research Institute for Market Economy in Gdańsk (Instytut Badań nad Gospodarką Rynkową w Gdańsku).

He is an author of a book on famous liberals and he also writes short articles for several newspapers and magazines, including Rzeczpospolita, Gazeta Wyborcza, Parkiet, Polityka, Wprost and Newsweek.

Political career[edit]

From 1980–1989 he was an economics adviser to the Solidarity anti-communist movement, and in 1988 he was one of the founders of the Liberal Democratic Congress. He was the Minister of Privatization in the cabinets of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki (1990–1991) and Hanna Suchocka (1992–1993). His major successes were the foundation of the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the mass privatization programme (Program Powszechnej Prywatyzacji).

He lost his parliamentary seat in the 1993 elections and worked as an international expert from 1994–1997. After the merger of KLD and Democratic Union in 1994 he became a member of Freedom Union (UW), and in 1997 member of Sejm representing UW. Together with Donald Tusk and other liberals he seceded from UW to form Civic Platform, and was elected an MP again in 2001. Since 2003 he was an observer in the European Parliament.

In the 2004 European Parliament election he was a candidate of Civic Platform in constituency #1 Pomeranian Voivodship and received 79,879 votes (=20.17%, the best result in the region). On 23 July 2004 he was elected chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Budgets.

Andris Piebalgs was twice Acting Commissioner in his stead, from 19 April 2014 – 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 European Parliament election from 1 July 2014 – 16 July 2014 after he took up his seat.[3][4]

Political positions[edit]

Lewandowski has expressed skepticism about the thesis of anthropogenic climate change, putting him at odds with many of his colleagues in the Barroso Commission.[5] MEPs have asked "which steps" president Barroso will take over the comments.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barroso gets new EU Commission team", BBC News, 25 November 2009; accessed 28 November 2009
  2. ^ "Barroso II: 13 EPP Commissioners receive key portfolios"[permanent dead link], European People's Party, 27 November 2009; accessed 28 November 2009
  3. ^ EU Observer – Six Commissioners Head for EU Election Campaign Trail
  4. ^ KUNA – Barroso announces caretaker replacements following resignation of 4 EU Commissioners
  5. ^ Willis, Andrew (22 June 2011). "Poland blocks climate efforts in 'dark day' for Europe". EUObserver. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Willis, Andrew (23 June 2011). "MEPs demand action from Barroso over climate sceptic remarks". EUObserver. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paweł Samecki
Polish European Commissioner
Succeeded by
Jacek Dominik
Preceded by
Algirdas Šemeta
European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget
Succeeded by
Andris Piebalgs