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Jacek Saryusz-Wolski

The contribution Jacek Saryusz-Wolski made to Poland’s EU integration is invaluable. In 1991 he was assigned as the first Secretary of State for the European Integration and Foreign Aid (Poland) – position created by the prime minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki. He remained in his office until 1996, despite quick succession of governments and changing parliamentary coalitions. He returned to a governmental position in the year 2000, assigned by the prime minister Jerzy Buzek as the Secretary of the European Integration Committee. In his function as Secretary, he participated in the negotiations held at the Niece Summit in December 2000.

Since June 2004 he has been a MEP. In the previous EP term he held the position of a Vice-President of the European Parliament, representing the EPP-ED faction. In 2006 he was elected as a vice-chairman of the European People’s Party. In 2007 he was awarded the position of the Chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament. In the forth term he also held the position of a member in the Budget Committee and a member of the EP delegation to the Russian Federation and Afghanistan. In the elections of 2009 he was successfully reelected [2].

Currently, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski is the director of the European Union Institute in the Collegium Civitas, the Chairman at the College of Europe Natolin and of the Foundation College of Europe just as at the Euro-Atlantic Association.

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