Welcome to my blog! I’m Marek Siwiec, Member of the European Parliament with the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. This is where I share my ideas about international and European affairs as well as the politics of my country, Poland.
I invite you to read and comment on my posts!
As an MEP, I’m involved in the work of the Committee of Foreign Affairs of the EP and I’m Coordinator of the S&D Group in the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. Being a rapporteur on the review of European Neighbour Policy, I’m particularly concerned with the matter of the Eastern Partnership.
I hold a Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Kraków (AGH), which I obtained in 1980. I’m also a graduate of the Academy of Social Sciences – Centre for Education of the Foreign Service where I specialised in journalism.
I entered politics in the early nineties, becoming a Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm). Later on, coming from a journalistic background, I became a Member of the Polish National Broadcasting Council. While in the Sejm I served as a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
At the outset of Aleksander Kwaśniewski’s presidency, I took office as a State Secretary in the Presidential Chancellery and as the National Security Adviser (1996 – 2004). In this capacity I had the opportunity to be closely involved in the process of Poland’s integration into the European Union and NATO but also in the strengthening of Poland’s relations with its neighbouring states and the other countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
In my first years as a Member of the European Parliament, I was the Head of the Polish delegation in the Socialist Group. At the same time I was also the Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Cooperation Committee EU-Ukraine with a specific responsibility for maintaining the European Parliament’s contacts with Ukraine during the period of profound political changes taking place in that country. In 2007-2009 I served as Vice-President of the European Parliament.