|Minister of Environment|
18 November 2011 – 27 November 2013
|Prime Minister||Donald Tusk|
|Preceded by||Andrzej Kraszewski|
|Succeeded by||Maciej Grabowski|
|Born||24 December 1968|
|Alma mater||University of Warsaw, École nationale d'administration|
Marcin Korolec (born 24 December 1968) is a Polish civil servant and lawyer. He was the minister of environment in Donald Tusk's cabinet from 2011 to 2013 and secretary of state responsible for climate negotiations from 2013 to October 2015. He also served as deputy minister of economy responsible for trade policy in the cabinets of Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Jarosław Kaczyński and Donald Tusk between 2005 and 2011.
Early life and education
Korolec was born on 24 December 1968 in Warsaw. He is a son of Jerzy Bartłomiej Korolec (died 2000) – historian, diplomat and liberal-minded Catholic intellectual who serve as Polish ambassador to Slovakia in the early 1990s.
From 1999 to 2001, Korolec was an advisor to Jan Kułakowski, the Government’s Plenipotentiary for Poland’s EU Accession Negotiations, responsible for the fields of competition policy, free movement of goods and persons, agriculture and consumers protection. In 2001-2004, he was the Minister’s Counsellor at the Office of the Committee for European Integration, in Minister Danuta Hübner’s private office. He held a number of lecturing positions at the Polish National School of Public Administration, the Warsaw University, Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, J. Tischner European University in Cracow. His lectures covered i.a. structural funds and coordination of Poland’s European policy.
From 2004 to 2005 Korolec worked as a partner at Euroidea consulting company.
On 23 November 2005, Korolec was appointed by the Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz as the Undersecretary of State in Ministry of Economy. For two governmental terms of Office (2005-2011) he was primarily responsible for horizontal European issues (energy, competitiveness, trade and climate policy). He was also in charge of Poland’s relations with WTO, OECD and UNIDO. Since 2010, he has been a member of the Supervisory Board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.
On 18 November 2011, Korolec was appointed by the President Bronisław Komorowski as the minister of environment in the Second Cabinet of Donald Tusk. He represents Poland in the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council. Since November 2012 he has been a member of the UNIDO Green Industry Platform Advisory Board. He co-led (along with EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard) the European Union’s delegation at the 2011 UNFCCC UN Conference in Durban. In November 2013, he was removed from office, but was named as the government climate envoy. He served as a representative of Poland on the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) where he was also appointed the Chair of the GCF Ethics and Audit Committee.
Married to Olga Korolec. Father of four (sons Jan, Bartłomiej, Krzysztof and daughter Teresa).
Order of the Crown, Belgium
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