162nd mBank-CASE seminar: The EU in 2019: State of play, and prospects
mBank and CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research
cordially invite you to:
the 162nd mBank – CASE Seminar:
The EU in 2019: State of play, and prospects
Dr. Janusz Lewandowski – economist, academic teacher, politician and Polish and EU official
The seminar will take place on October 3, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm
at mBank S.A. head office, Senatorska 18, room 5.3, 5th floor, Warsaw
Language of the seminar: Polish (simultaneous translation to English will be provided).
Janusz Lewandowski is an economist, academic teacher, politician and Polish and EU official. He graduated in economics from the University of Gdańsk, where he also received his PhD. He taught there from 1974-1984, and in 1989 co-founded the Gdańsk Institute for Market Economics, the first private economic institute in the Third Republic of Poland. Lewandowski started his political career in the Solidarity trade union, where he was an economic adviser from 1980-1989. In 1988 he co-founded the Liberal-Democratic Congress (KLD) party, becoming its leader. Selected as an MP in Poland’s first post-communist Sejm (the lower house of parliament), he also served as minister of privatization in the governments of Jan Krzysztof Bielecki (1991) and Hanna Suchocka (1992-1993). In that role Lewandowski launched the Warsaw Stock Exchange, prepared the Mass Privatization Program and led the first sales of large enterprises. After the KLD lost the 1993 elections, Lewandowski worked in the private sector for five years. When the party merged with the Democratic Union, he became a member of the newly created Freedom Union, taking a seat on its board and entering the Sejm in 1997. In 2001 Lewandowski transferred to the Civic Platform party, winning a seat representing Gdańsk, and served in the party leadership. In 2004 he was elected as an MEP for the first of four times (most recently this year). Lewandowski chaired the European Parliament Committee on Budgets for 2.5 years starting in 2004, serving as deputy chair for the remainder of his five-year term. In 2009, after being elected as an MEP he was nominated by the Polish government to the European Commission and appointed as commissioner for financial programming and the budget, a position he held for five years before returning to the European Parliament.
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