Beata Szydło

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Beata Szydło
16th Prime Minister of Poland
Assumed office
16 November 2015
President Andrzej Duda
Deputy Piotr Gliński
Mateusz Morawiecki
Jarosław Gowin
Preceded by Ewa Kopacz
Personal details
Born Beata Maria Kusińska
(1963-04-15) 15 April 1963
Oświęcim, Poland
Political party Law and Justice
Spouse(s) Edward Szydło
Children 2
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
Website Official website

Beata Maria Szydło ([bɛˈata ˈmarja ˈʂɨdwɔ]; née Kusińska [kuˈɕiɲska]; 15 April 1963) is the current Prime Minister of Poland. Following the 2015 Parliamentary Election, she formed her cabinet, which took office on 16 November 2015. Before being appointed Prime Minister, she successfully led the presidential campaign of Andrzej Duda, the 2015 presidential nominee of Law and Justice party. She is vice-chairman of the Law and Justice party. She is Poland's third female prime minister after Hanna Suchocka and Ewa Kopacz and the first to succeed another woman (Kopacz) in office.


Early years and education

Szydło was born in Oświęcim and raised near Brzeszcze, where her father was a miner.[1] She graduated from Jagiellonian University in Kraków in 1989[2] where she completed studies at the Department of Ethnography. In the years 1989 – 1995, she was a PhD student at the Philosophy and History Faculty of that university. In 1997, she completed post-graduate studies for managers of culture at Warsaw School of Economics, whereas in 2001 at Kraków University of Economics - management of local government in the European Union.

Political career

Szydło was elected mayor of Gmina Brzeszcze at the age of 35. In 2004, she participated in International Visitor Leadership Program.[3] In September 2005, she was elected to the Sejm, the lower house of the Parliament of the Republic of Poland receiving 14,499 votes in 12 Chrzanów district, as a candidate of the conservative Law and Justice party.[2] She was elected member of the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th parliament of the Republic of Poland. She was appointed vice-chairman of the Law and Justice party On 24 July 2010, and later in September 2014, she succeeded Stanisław Kostrzewski as the treasurer of the Law and Justice party.

Following her successful leadership of Andrzej Duda's presidential campaign, at the Law and Justice party convention on 20 June 2015 Szydło was named as a candidate for the Prime Minister in the Polish parliamentary election.[4] After the Law and Justice party won the election in October 2015, on 13 November 2015 Szydło was invited by the President of Poland to form a government. She became the Prime Minister of Poland taking office on 16 November 2015.[5]

Prime Ministership since 2015

Beata Szydło speaking on National Independence Day - Kraków, 2016

On 18 October 2015 she made her keynote address (pl), further receiving 236 votes in favour of her government. One of her first decisions was to remove the EU flag from press conferences at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and to replace the clock in the meeting hall of the Council of Ministers with a Cross.[6][7] She declared introducing the 500+ programme will be her priority as Prime Minister. The programme was introduced on 1 April 2016, supplying families with 500PLN for every child, starting from the second child. It is intended to serve as a demographic stimulus, and enhance population growth.

One of the biggest controversies during her administration, the Polish Constitutional Court crisis, 2015 was officially criticized by the European Parliament, which, on 13 April 2016, passed a resolution declaring that the Parliament "is seriously concerned that the effective paralysis of the Constitutional Tribunal in Poland endangers democracy, human rights and the rule of law".[8][9]

Personal life

Szydło is married to Edward Szydło. The couple has two sons Tymoteusz and Błażej.[1][2] She is a devout Catholic and declares her adherence to traditional Christian values.[10]

State visits gallery

See also


  1. 1 2 Adam Easton (26 October 2015). "Beata Szydlo: Polish miner's daughter set to be PM". BBC Online. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 Polish Press Agency (16 November 2015). "Beata Szydło – premier" (in Polish).
  3. "Beata Szydło "About me" homepage". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  4. "PiS picks Szydło as candidate for PM". Warsaw Business Journal. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  5. Prezydent Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (16 November 2015). "Postanowienie Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej z dnia 16 listopada 2015 r. o powołaniu Prezesa Rady Ministrów" (in Polish). Kancelaria Sejmu RP: Internetowy System Aktów Prawnych.
  6. "Na konferencjach rządu nie będzie flag Unii Europejskiej. Beata Szydło wyjaśnia zmianę" (in Polish). Wirtualna Polska. PAP. 24 November 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  7. "Krzyż zamiast zegara - nowe porządki w sali posiedzeń Rady Ministrów". TR (in Polish). 9 December 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  8. "Poland's 'paralysis' of top court is 'danger to democracy' – European Parliament". Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  9. "European Parliament scolds Poland". 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  10. "Beata Szydło modli się o zwycięstwo! ZDJECIA tylko na" (in Polish). Super Express. 21 June 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2016.

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