I graduated from the Faculty of Political Science at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In 2002 I completed also post-graduate studies at the University College of Enterprise and Administration in Lublin.
I started my professional career as an employee of an Open Pension Fund in 1999. From July 2002 to August 2005 I was a Deputy Director, and then, to May 2007 a Director of the Department of Strategy and Regional Development at the Marshal’s Office of the Lublin Voivodeship. I was mainly in charge of spatial planning on the territory of the Lublin Voivodeship, implementation and coordination of programmes aiming at reaching main objectives included in the Lublin Voivodeship Strategy for years 2005-2020, the Voivodeship Contract and the Integrated Regional Development Programme.
The European Parliament’s delegations maintain relations and exchange information with parliaments in non-EU countries. Through its delegations, the European Parliament helps to represent the European Union externally and to promote in third countries the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the rule of law.
Promoting these values, as well as maintaining and strengthening relations with parliaments that are traditional partners of the EU are main tasks of the delegations.
At present there are 44 delegations at the Parliament, which consist of from 8 to even 78 members.
Inter-parliamentary meetings take place once or twice a year in turns at the Brussels Parliament building, Strasbourg Parliament building and at the place proposed by a given partner country within its borders.
I am a member of two delegations: the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific—European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU) and the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) unites centre and centre-right pro-European political forces from the Member States of the EU. Its Polish members are politicians from The Polish People’s Party and the Civic Platform. Together we comprise the EPP Polish Delegation consists of 23 members. This is the second largest national delegation in the Group (the German delegation is the largest one). The Group represented by 220 members enjoys clear majority in the European Parliament.
The work of the European Parliament is based mainly on the activity of 20 standing committees and a few special committees. Standing committees’ sittings take place once or twice a month. Their responsibilities embrace preparing the plenary sessions’ agenda and reports on legislative projects submitted to the Parliament, as well as on these being subjects to consultation of the Parliament. Moreover, the committees entertain amendments and amend draft directives and regulations proposed by the European Commission. Every committee is also entitled to comment on regulations even if they are connected with the work of other parliamentary committees.