Civic Platform (Polish: Platforma Obywatelska, PO)[nb 1] is a centre-right political party in Poland. It is currently led by Donald Tusk.

Civic Platform
Platforma Obywatelska
ChairmanDonald Tusk
General SecretaryMarcin Kierwiński
Parliamentary leaderBorys Budka
SpokespersonJan Grabiec
Founded24 January 2001; 22 years ago (2001-01-24)
Split from
Headquartersul. Wiejska 12A, 00-490 Warsaw
Membership (2022)23,727[1]
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationCivic Coalition
Senate Pact 2023 (for 2023 Senate election)
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
  •   Orange
  •   Blue
107 / 460
39 / 100
European Parliament
14 / 52
Regional assemblies
152 / 552
City mayors
23 / 107
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It was formed in 2001 by splinter factions from the Solidarity Electoral Action, the Freedom Union and the Conservative People's Party, and it later placed second in the 2001 parliamentary election. It served in the parliamentary opposition until 2007, when it overtook Law and Justice, won 209 seats and Tusk was elected as prime minister. Following the Smolensk air disaster in 2010, Bronisław Komorowski served as acting president and was elected as president in the same year. Tusk continued to serve as prime minister and leader of Civic Platform until he resigned in 2014 to assume the post of the president of the European Council. The party was afterwards defeated in the 2015 parliamentary and presidential elections. It also placed second in the 2019 parliamentary election, and its 2020 presidential candidate, Rafał Trzaskowski, won 49% of the popular vote in the second round and lost the election to Andrzej Duda.

Initially positioned as a Christian democratic party with strong economically liberal tendencies, it soon adopted liberal conservatism throughout the 2000s, although during their time in power they were aligned with more pragmatic and centrist views, and were characterized as a catch-all party. In the 2010s, the Civic Platform adopted more socially liberal policies, aligned itself with conservative liberalism, and it has been since positioned in the centre and leaning towards the centre-right. In 2023, the party's leaders drummed up patriotic, anti-immigrant and anti-communist sentiments in preparation for the 2023 Polish parliamentary election.[2][3][4] It also strongly advocates Poland's membership in the European Union and NATO. It is a member of the European People's Party.

It currently holds 106 seats in the Sejm and 37 seats in the Senate of Poland, and it also heads the Civic Coalition, which was founded in 2018. Since its creation, it has shown strong electoral performances in Warsaw, the west, and the north of Poland. Since the 2000s, the Civic Platform has established itself as one of the dominant political parties in Poland.


The Civic Platform was founded in 2001 as economically liberal, Christian-democratic split from existing parties. Founders Andrzej Olechowski, Maciej Płażyński, and Donald Tusk were sometimes jokingly called "the Three Tenors" by Polish media and commentators. Olechowski and Płażyński left the party during the 2001–2005 parliamentary term, leaving Tusk as the sole remaining founder, and current party leader.

In the 2001 general election, the party secured 12.6% of the vote and 65 deputies in the Sejm, making it the largest opposition party to the government led by the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD).

In the 2002 local elections, PO stood together with Law and Justice in 15 voivodeships (in 14 as POPiS, in Podkarpacie with another centre-right political parties). They stood separately only in Mazovia.

In 2005, PO led all opinion polls with 26% to 30% of public support. However, in the 2005 general election, in which it was led by Jan Rokita, PO polled only 24.1% and unexpectedly came second to the 27% garnered by Law and Justice (PiS). A centre-right coalition of PO and PiS (nicknamed:PO-PiS) was deemed most likely to form a government after the election. Yet the putative coalition parties had a falling out in the wake of the fiercely contested Polish presidential election of 2005.

Lech Kaczyński (PiS) won the second round of the presidential election on 23 October 2005 with 54% of the vote, ahead of Tusk, the PO candidate. Due to the demands of PiS for control of all the armed ministries (the Defence Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and the office of the Prime Minister, PO and PiS were unable to form a coalition. Instead, PiS formed a coalition government with the support of the League of Polish Families (LPR) and Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland (SRP). PO became the opposition to this PiS-led coalition government.

The PiS-led coalition fell apart in 2007 amid a corruption scandal involving Andrzej Lepper and Tomasz Lipiec[5] and internal leadership disputes. These events led to new elections, and in the 21 October 2007 parliamentary election PO won 41.51% of the popular vote and 209 out of 460 seats in the Sejm and 60 out of 100 seats in the Senate of Poland. Civic Platform, now the largest party in both houses of parliament, subsequently formed a coalition with the Polish People's Party (PSL).

At the 2010 Polish presidential election, following the Smolensk air disaster which killed the incumbent Polish president Lech Kaczyński, Tusk decided not to present his candidature, considered an easy possible victory over PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński. During the PO primary elections, Bronisław Komorowski defeated the Oxford-educated, PiS defector Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski. At the polls, Komorowski defeated Jarosław Kaczyński, ensuring PO dominance over the current Polish political landscape.[6]

In November 2010, local elections granted Civic Platform about 30.1 percent of the votes and PiS at 23.2 percent, an increase for the former and a drop for the latter compared to the 2006 elections.[6]

PO succeeded in winning four consecutive elections (a record in post-communist Poland), and Tusk remains as kingmaker. PO's dominance is also a reflection of left-wing weakness and divisions on both sides of the political scene, with PiS suffering a splinter in Autumn 2010.[6]

Civic Platform banner carried during the opposition march on June 4, 2023.

Civic Platform won the plurality of votes in the 9 October 2011 parliamentary election, gaining 39.18% of the popular vote, 207 of 460 seats in the Sejm, and 63 out of 100 seats in the Senate.[7]

In the 2014 European elections, Civic Platform came first place nationally, achieving 32.13% of the vote and returning 19 MEPs.[8]

In the 2014 local elections, PO achieved 179 seats, the highest single number.[9]

In the 2015 presidential election, PO endorsed Bronisław Komorowski, a former member of PO from 2001 till 2010. He lost the election receiving 48.5% of the popular vote, while Andrzej Duda won with 51.5%.[10]

In the 2015 parliamentary election, PO came second place after PiS, achieving 24.09% of the popular vote, 138 out of 460 seats in the Sejm, 34 out of 100 seats in the Senate.[11]

In the 2018 local elections, PO achieved 26.97% of the votes, coming second after PiS.[12]

In the 2019 European elections, PO participated in the European Coalition electoral alliance which achieved 38.47%, coming second after PiS.[13]


The Civic Platform has been mainly described as a centrist[14] or centre-right[22] political party. Due to the peculiarity of Polish politics as a major liberal opponent of the conservative PiS, the party is also classified as centre-left.[23] It has been also described as liberal-conservative,[24][25][26] Christian democratic,[27][28][29][30] conservative,[31][32] conservative-liberal,[33][34] classical-liberal,[35] liberal,[36] and social-liberal.[37][38] It was also described as pragmatic and big tent.[39][40][41] It supports Poland's membership in the European Union.[42]

Since 2007, when Civic Platform formed the government, the party has gradually moved from its Christian-democratic stances, and many of its politicians hold more liberal positions on social issues. In 2013, the Civic Platform's government introduced public funding of in vitro fertilisation program. Civic Platform also supports civil unions for same-sex couples but is against same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex couples. The party also currently supports liberalisation of the abortion law,[43] which it had opposed while in government.[44]

PO was described as neoliberal,[15][45][16][46] economically liberal[32][47] and fiscally conservative.[48] Despite this and declaring in the parliamentary election campaign the will to limit taxation in Poland,[32] It has also increased the excise imposed on diesel oil, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and oil.[49][50] The party refrained from implementing the flat tax, increasing instead the value-added tax from 22% to 23% in 2011.[51] The party has eliminated many tax exemptions.[52][53][54]

In response to the climate crisis, the Civic Platform has promised to end the use of coal for energy in Poland by 2040.[55]

After becoming the biggest opposition party, the Civic Platform became more liberal and populist.[56][57][58][59] This tendency is especially popular among the younger generation of the party's politicians such as Mayor of Warsaw and candidate in the presidential election Rafał Trzaskowski. The party has also changed its opinion about the social programmes of PiS, starting to support them.[60][61][62]

Political support

Civic Platform's support is concentrated in the west and north of the country. Areas voting for Bronisław Komorowski in 2010 are shaded orange above.

The party enjoys the greatest support in large cities and among people with higher education and in managerial positions, while in terms of age, the electorate is evenly distributed.[63] The electoral base of the Civic Platform lies in middle-aged highly educated gold-collar and white-collar workers of the middle and upper middle class.[63] The Civic Platform electorate is made up of more women than men, is disproportionally represented by middle-aged, urban and middle-class voters, and is characteristed by higher levels of education, higher position in the socio-professional structure, as well as moderate religiosity and Roman Catholicism.[64] The party consistently enjoys overwhelming support of workers such as directors, managers and specialists, business owners and co-owners, and administrative workers.[63] At the same time, the party underperforms amongst blue-collar workers, young voters, farmers and students, as well as unemployed voters.[63]

In regards to age, Civic Platform performs the best amongst voters aged 40–49, while also performing strongly among 30-39 and 50-59 year olds. The party performs the worst amongst the oldest (aged 60 or more) and the youngest (aged 29 or less) voters.[63] The party strongly appeals to urban voters, as almost a half of voters living in big cities (500,000 people or more) vote for Civic Platform; support for the party remains strong in middle-sized cities but strongly declines in small towns and the countryside, as on average only 15% of rural voters support it.[63] When it comes to religion, an overwhelming majority of party's supporters (83%) are Roman Catholics,[65] and 44% of these voters partake in religious practices at least once a week.[65] The party is supported by the Christian left, as well as liberal and moderate Catholics,[65] while most of conservative Catholics in Poland support Law and Justice instead.[65] Churchgoing Catholics are roughly evenly split between Civic Platform and Law and Justice, with a significant minority of churchgoers supporting Polish People's Party as well.[65] Catholics who support Civic Platform "oppose, on the one hand, the state's enforcement of religious norms and, on the other, do not condone their violation".[66] This is largely consistent with the party's attitude towards religion, which combines a moderately conservative and politically Catholic programme with left-wing economic slogans, supported by Catholic social teaching and the teaching of John Paul II contained in the encyclical Centesimus annus.[66]

According to CBOS, Civic Platform is overwhelmingly popular amongst pro-European voters, with almost 80% of party's supporters wishing to cooperate with the European Union more.[67] The party is generally supported by moderates, as most of the party's voters wish for a "compromise" on issues such as abortion.[67] Economically, the party is supported by pro-business and welfare-oriented voters alike; while most of Civic Platform's supporters believe that Poland should become a welfare state, they are evenly split on issues such as progressive taxation and flat tax, and nationalization vs. privatization.[67]

As a liberal conservative party, most of Civic Platform's electorate identifies as conservative liberals, centrists and moderate conservatives.[68] No tendency dominates, as the party's supporters are roughly evenly split between political tendencies - 35% of party's supporters identify with political centre, 28% as left-wing, and 24% as right-wing.[68] Throghout the 2010s, Civic Platform had been losing left-wing supporters due to the re-emergence of Lewica as well as Janusz Palikot's defection from the party.[68] The party also faced a challenge from Nowoczesna, whose vote "came largely from former Civic Platform supporters, disappointed with its failure to shake off its social conservatism".[69] According to Janusz Jartyś of the University of Szczecin, the ideological base of Civic Platform are "national-conservative, liberal and social-democratic voters", with each faction expecting "at least partial implementation of their demands, stability in the governance of the country and social peace".[70] According to Søren Riishøj, the party is also unpopular amongst the traditionally social-democratic voters, who are opposed to Europeanisation and globalisation, and are critical of the Civic Platform's "almost U.S. type of election campaign."[71]

The party also enjoys the support of regionalists, autonomists and voters supportive of decentralization and localism in general.[67] Over 90% of Civic Platform supporters believe that local governments should have more power and that the national government should devolve its power to the regional governments of gminas and voivodeships.[67] The party is supported by Silesian regionalists,[72] and had organized joint electoral lists with Silesian parties like Silesian Autonomy Movement and Silesian Regional Party.[73] Local politicians of the Civic Platform in Silesia are often associated with Silesian regionalism as well.[74] The party also enjoys support from the Kashubians and their local autonomist movement,[75] with the co-founder of the party, Donald Tusk, having expressed his support for autonomous Kashubia in 1992.[76] In March 2023, Donald Tusk stated that Silesian should be considered a language rather than an ethnolect as it has unique literature and grammar, and promised to recognise Silesian as an official, statutory language of Upper Silesia.[77][78] Tusk also declared that he was a regionalist.[77]


No. Image Name Tenure
1.   Maciej Płażyński 18 October 2001–
1 June 2003
2.   Donald Tusk 1 June 2003–
8 November 2014
3.   Ewa Kopacz 8 November 2014–
26 January 2016
4.   Grzegorz Schetyna 26 January 2016–
29 January 2020
5.   Borys Budka 29 January 2020–
3 July 2021
6.   Donald Tusk since 3 July 2021

Election results


Election year Leader # of
% of
# of
overall seats won
+/– Government
2001 Maciej Płażyński 1,651,099 12.7 (#2)
65 / 460
SLD-UP-PSL (2001-2003)
SLD-UP (2003-2005)
SLD-UP-SDPL (2004-2005)
2005 Donald Tusk 2,849,259 24.1 (#2)
133 / 460
  68 PiS Minority (2005)
PiSSRPLPR (2006-2007)
2007 6,701,010 41.5 (#1)
209 / 460
  76 PO–PSL
2011 5,629,773 39.2 (#1)
207 / 460
  2 PO–PSL
2015 Ewa Kopacz 3,661,474 24.1 (#2)
138 / 460
  69 PiS
2019 Grzegorz Schetyna 5,060,355 27.4 (#2)
119 / 460
  19 PiS
As part of Civic Coalition, which won 134 seats in total.


Election year # of
overall seats won
2 / 100
As part of the Senate 2001 coalition, which won 15 seats.
34 / 100
60 / 100
63 / 100
34 / 100
43 / 100


Election year Candidate 1st round 2nd round
# of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall votes % of overall vote
2005 Donald Tusk 5,429,666 36.3 (#1) 7,022,319 46.0 (#2)
2010 Bronisław Komorowski 6,981,319 41.5 (#1) 8,933,887 53.0 (#1)
2015 Supported Bronisław Komorowski 5,031,060 33.8 (#2) 8,112,311 48.5 (#2)
2020 Rafał Trzaskowski 5,917,340 30.5 (#2) 10,018,263 48.9 (#2)

Regional assemblies

Election year % of
# of
overall seats won
2002 12.1 (#4)
79 / 561
In coalition with Law and Justice (POPiS).
2006 27.2 (#1)
186 / 561
2010 30.9 (#1)
222 / 561
2014 26.3 (#2)
179 / 555
2018 27.1 (#2)
194 / 552
As a Civic Coalition.

European Parliament

Election year # of
% of
# of
overall seats won
2004 1,467,775 24.1 (#1)
15 / 54
2009 3,271,852 44.4 (#1)
25 / 50
2014 2,271,215 32.1 (#1)
19 / 51
2019 5,249 935 38,47 (#2)
14 / 51
As a European Coalition

Voivodeship Marshals

Name Image Voivodeship Date Vocation
Elżbieta Polak   Lubusz Voivodeship 29 November 2010
Marek Woźniak   Greater Poland Voivodeship 10 October 2005
Piotr Całbecki   Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship 24 January 2006
Olgierd Geblewicz   West Pomeranian Voivodeship 7 December 2010
Mieczysław Struk   Pomeranian Voivodeship 22 February 2010
Andrzej Buła   Opole Voivodeship 12 November 2013

Notable politicians

See also


  1. ^ The party is officially the Civic Platform of the Republic of Poland (Platforma Obywatelska Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej).


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