Marek Maciej Siwiec (born 13 March 1955 in Piekary Slaskie) is a Polish politician and journalist.
Marek Maciej Siwiec
|Vice-President of the European Parliament|
13th Vice-President in order of precedence
1 January 2007 – 14 July 2009
|4th Chief of the Polish National Security Bureau|
19 February 1997 – 17 June 2004
|Preceded by||Jerzy Milewski|
|Succeeded by||Tadeusz Bałachowicz|
|Born||13 February 1955|
Piekary Śląskie, Poland
|Political party||Independent (2012–2013, 2015-present) |
Your Movement (2013–2015)
Democratic Left Alliance (1989–2012)
Marek Maciej Siwiec studied physics at the AGH University of Science and Technology (1980) and completed Post-Diploma Study of Journalism in 1989at the Academy of Social Sciences – Centre for Education of the Foreign Service.
He is married to Ewa, with whom he has two children.
Between 1985 and 1987 he was Editor-in-chief of the bi-weekly 'Student', then weekly magazine 'ITD' (1987–1990) and the daily newspaper 'Trybuna'.
In 1996 he was appointed as a secretary of state in a Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland, Aleksander Kwaśniewski.
One year later (1997) he took over as a Chief of the National Security Bureau (Poland). He held that position until 2004, when he was elected Member of the European Parliament from Greater Poland Voivodship.
From January 2007 to June 2009 he served as Vice-President of the European Parliament. He also chaired the Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee. He was an observer of several elections in Ukraine between 2004 and 2014.
In December 2011-April 2012 he was vice-chairman of Democratic Left Alliance, polish social-democratic political party.
During his tenure in European Parliament he also served as a coordinator of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats for the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. He was member of the Board of Yalta European Strategy foundation, President of European Friends of Israel, and member of Global Leadership Council of Colorado State University.
In 2016 he was appointed as a Chief Executive Officer of Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Center, a non-governmental organization with its mission to respectfully commemorate the victims of the Babi Yar and to promote the humanization of mankind through the memory preservation and study of the history of the Holocaust. Since 2019, he has served as a Senior Public Affairs Advisor for the European Union.
- 1981–1982: Assistant at the Electronics Institute of AGH (1980–1982), traineeship with the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria, Australia
- 1985–1991: Editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly 'Student' (1985–1987), weekly 'ITD' (1987–1990) and the daily 'Trybuna'
- 1991–1997: Member of Parliament of the Polish Republic (Sejm)
- 1993: Spokesman for the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) Parliamentary Party
- 1993–1996: Member of the National National Broadcasting Council
- 1993–1996: Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
- 1996–2004: Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland
- 1997–2004: Chief of the National Security Bureau (Poland)
- 1997–2004: Vice-Chairman of the Consultative Committee of the presidents of Poland and Ukraine
- Secretary of the National Security Council (2000–2004) head of the Polish Association of Friends of the Peres Center for Peace
- Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation to Counter Terrorism and Biological Threats
- Member of the National Administration of the SLD
- Head of the national delegation to the Party of European Socialists in the EP
Awards and recognitionEdit
- Order of Gedymin (1997, LT), Cavaliere di Gran Croce (1997, I), Ordem do Merito (1997, P), Ordre de Leopold (1999, B)
- National Order of Merit (2000, F)
- Ubique Patriae Memor (2002, BR)
- Grand Cross of the Order of Merit (2003, LT)
- Virtutea Militară (2003, RO)
- Royal Victorian Order (2004, GB)
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 4th and 3rd Class (1997, 2004, UA)
During presidency campaign in 2000 a film was published revealing Marek Siwiec, then the chief of National Security Bureau, allegedly parodying a gesture of then pope John Paul II (making a cross sign in the air on arrival). In November 2007 Institute of National Remembrance (Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation), revealed that in 1986 he was registered as a Secret Collaborator until January 1990. Marek Siwiec denied those claims. On 26 March 2009 Institute of National Remembrance, after its own investigation, decided about discontinuance of the proceedings due to lack of evidence about collaboration.