Mateusz Morawiecki

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Mateusz Morawiecki
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17th Prime Minister of Poland
Assumed office
11 December 2017
President Andrzej Duda
Deputy Piotr Gliński
Jarosław Gowin
Beata Szydło
Preceded by Beata Szydło
Minister of Finance
In office
28 September 2016 – 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Beata Szydło
Preceded by Paweł Szałamacha
Succeeded by Teresa Czerwińska
Minister of Development
In office
16 November 2015 – 9 January 2018
Prime Minister Beata Szydło
Preceded by Maria Wasiak (Infrastructure and Development)
Succeeded by Jerzy Kwieciński (Investments and Development)
Personal details
Born Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki
(1968-06-20) 20 June 1968 (age 49)
Wrocław, Poland
Political party Law and Justice
Spouse(s) Iwona Morawiecka
Children 4
Relatives Kornel Morawiecki (Father)
Education University of Wrocław (BA)
Wrocław University of Science and Technology
Wrocław University of Economics (MBA)
University of Hamburg
University of Basel (MAS)
Website Official website

Mateusz Jakub Morawiecki (born 20 June 1968) is a Polish politician, manager, banker, economist, lawyer, historian who is currently the Prime Minister of Poland. He has served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development and Minister of Finance in the cabinet of Beata Szydło. He also served as chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK from 2007 to 2015.

Early life and education

Morawiecki was born on 20 June 1968 in Wrocław, to Kornel Morawiecki (founder of Fighting Solidarity) and his wife, Jadwiga.

At the age of 12, Morawiecki was already active in the Polish anti-communist opposition, becoming involved in the process of illegal duplication of political pamphlets. In August 1980, he plastered the poster edition of the "Lower Silesia Bulletin" all over the streets of Wrocław. The print contained a list of the Gdańsk Demands as well as a call for a general strike in support of the protests on the northern coast. After martial law was announced, he became a printer and distributor of underground Solidarity magazines.

Despite repeated arrests and beatings by the secret police (SB), he continued participating in political demonstrations until the late 1980s. He was the editor of the "Lower Silesia Bulletin" and an activist of the Independent Students' Association. In 1988 and 1989, he participated in an occupational strike at the University of Wroclaw. He was one of the organizers of the Club for Political Thought "Free and Solidary".

Morawiecki is an alumnus of the University of Wrocław (history, 1992), Wrocław University of Technology (1993), Wrocław University of Economics (Business Administration, 1995), the University of Hamburg (European Law and Economic Integration, 1995–1997) and the University of Basel (European Studies, 1995–1997). While at Wrocław Tech, he studied abroad at Central Connecticut State University and completed the advanced executive program at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University.


In 1991, Morawiecki began working for Cogito Co., as well as co-created two publishing companies, Reverentia and Enter Marketing-Publishing. That same year he co-established the magazine “Dwa Dni” (Two Days). He later became the manager and chief editor of that publication. In 1995, he completed an internship at Deutsche Bundesbank in Credit Analysis, Financial Restructuring, Banking Supervision as well as Financial Market Supervision. From 1996 to 1997, he conducted banking and macroeconomic research at the University of Frankfurt. In 1998, as the Deputy Director of the Accession Negotiations Department in the Committee for European Integration, he oversaw and participated in the negotiations of the Polish accession to the European Union in numerous areas, including finance.

Together with Frank Emmert, he is the author of the first textbook in the field of “The Law of the European Union” published in Poland.

From 1996 to 2004, he worked as a lecturer at the Economic University in Wrocław, and between 1996 and 1998 also at the University of Technology. He was a member of policy counsels at numerous higher education institutions. From 1998 to 2001, he was a member of the supervisory boards of the Wałbrzych Power Company, Dialog (local telephone service provider), as well as the Industrial Development Agency. He was a member of the Lower Silesian Regional Assembly from 1998 to 2002.

From November 1998, Morawiecki worked for BZWBK (Bank Zachodni WBK, Santander Group), where he began his career as the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board, as well as the supervisor of the Economic Analysis Bureau and the International Trade Department. In 2001, he became Managing Director, as well as member of the Board. Since 2007, Morawiecki has been the Chairman of Bank Zachodni WBK.

Since 16 November 2015 Morawiecki has been Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development in the cabinet of Beata Szydło. Until 2016 he was independent. In March 2016, he joined Law and Justice.

Minister of Finance (2016–2018)

Mateusz Morawiecki during opening ceremony of Campus Warsaw

On 28 September 2016, Morawiecki was appointed Finance Minister and became one of the most powerful members of Beata Szydło’s government, in charge of the budget, government finances, EU funds, and overall economic policy.[1]

Earlier in 2016, Morawiecki outlined the ambitious Plan for Responsible Development, known colloquially as the “Morawiecki Plan”,[2] aimed at stimulating economic growth and raising revenues to fund the government’s generous spending plans, including the “Family 500+” programme of child benefits to all families with two or more children.

On March 18 and 19 of 2017, Morawiecki took part in a meeting of G20 financial ministers in Baden-Baden as the first Polish representative of this summit in history.[3][4]

Prime Minister (2017–present)

Mateusz Morawiecki with V4 Leaders and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker, Brussels 2017

On 8 December 2017, Morawiecki was designated as the Prime Minister of Poland.[5] On 11 December he was sworn into office. Following his appointment, Morawiecki promised “continuation” rather than change in his first major parliamentary address.[6]

Following a racist incident in Warsaw, Morawiecki stated in January 2018: "There is no place for racism in Poland. The attack on a girl because of the colour of her skin deserves the strongest condemnation. We will do everything to make Poland safe for everyone."[7]

In early 2018 both chambers of the Polish parliament (Sejm and Senate) adopted an Amendment to the Act on the Institute of National Remembrance criminalizing suggestions that Poles were collectively complicit in Holocaust-related or other war crimes, and condemning use of the expression "Polish death camp" (see "Polish death camp" controversy).[8][9][10]

Appearing at the Munich Security Conference, Morawiecki said that "it is not going to be seen as criminal to say, that there were Polish perpetrators, as there were Jewish perpetrators, as there were Russian perpetrators, as there were Ukrainian, not only German perpetrators."[11] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called his Polish counterpart's comment "outrageous" for stating that Jews were among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.[12]

On March 2018 A new Polish law banning almost all trade on Sundays taken effect, with large supermarkets and most other retailers closed for the first time since liberal shopping laws were introduced in the 1990s. The Law and Justice party, whose lawmakers passed the legislation with the support of Morawiecki. [13][14][15][16]

Other activities


Morawiecki was made Honorary Consul of Ireland in Poland in 2008. In 2013, Morawiecki was awarded the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity. He has also been awarded many other awards by institutions such as economic clubs, universities, publishing companies, and national cultural institutions.

Personal life

Morawiecki is married to Iwona Morawiecka, with whom he has four children.[19][20]

Two of his aunts were of Jewish descent, and one of them was saved during the Holocaust by a Righteous Among Nations.[21]

State visits gallery


  1. ^ "Polish reshuffle puts sights on prime minister". POLITICO. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Trillions needed to modernise Poland: deputy minister". Radio Poland. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Morawiecki wśród ministrów finansów G20 - Gospodarka -". Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Rzeczy, które musisz wiedzieć o szczycie G20 | Ze świata". TVN24 BiS (in Polish). Retrieved 2017-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Komitet Polityczny PiS desygnował Mateusza Morawieckiego na Premiera". Prawo i Sprawiedliwość. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Michał Broniatowski (December 12, 2017), Poland’s new PM won’t change anything after leadership swap Politico Europe.
  7. ^ "No place for racism in Poland, says PM after attack on teen". Radio Poland. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  8. ^ Israel and Poland try to tamp down tensions after Poland’s ‘death camp’ law sparks Israeli outrage, Washington Post, 28 January 2018
  9. ^ Israel and Poland clash over proposed Holocaust law, Reuters, 28 January 2018
  10. ^ The Controversy Around Poland’s Proposed Ban on the Term “Polish Death Camps”,, 29 January 2018
  11. ^ "Statements by Mateusz Morawiecki and Sebastian Kurz". Retrieved 2018-03-20. 
  12. ^ "Benjamin Netanyahu attacks Polish PM for saying Jews were among perpetrators of the Holocaust". The Independent. 18 February 2018.
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  16. ^,Stores-closed-as-Poland-phases-out-Sunday-shopping
  17. ^ Board of Governors Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
  18. ^ Board of Governors International Monetary Fund (IMF).
  19. ^ Mateusz Morawiecki – od rewolucjonisty do milionera i wicepremiera., 12 listopada 2015.
  20. ^ "Oto rodzina Morawieckiego. Uchylamy rąbka tajemnicy!". Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
  21. ^ Poland appoints ex-banker with Jewish roots as prime minister By JTA, 8 December 2017

External links

  • Bank Zachodni WBK Profile
Political offices
Preceded by
Janusz Piechociński
Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
Succeeded by
Beata Szydło
Preceded by
Maria Wasiak
Minister of Development
Succeeded by
Jerzy Kwieciński
Preceded by
Paweł Szałamacha
Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Teresa Czerwińska
Preceded by
Beata Szydło
Prime Minister of Poland
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