Jacek Cichocki

Jacek Cichocki
Chief of the Chancellery
In office
25 February 2013  16 November 2015
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Ewa Kopacz
Preceded by Tomasz Arabski
Succeeded by Beata Kempa
Minister of Interior
In office
18 November 2011  25 February 2013
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Jerzy Miller
Succeeded by Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz
Personal details
Born (1971-12-17) 17 December 1971
Warsaw, Poland
Nationality Polish
Political party Independent
Alma mater Warsaw University

Jacek Cichocki (born 17 December 1971) is an independent Polish politician and a former member of the Polish Council of Ministers. Cichocki served as the minister of interior in the second cabinet of Prime Minister Donald Tusk and later as chief of the Chancellery for Tusk and his successor Ewa Kopacz

Early life and education

Cichocki was born in Warsaw on 17 December 1971.[1] He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and sociology from the University of Warsaw.[1]


Cichocki began his career as an expert on armed conflict and ethnic tensions within the former Soviet Union for the Centre for Eastern Studies in 1992, working for the centre until 2008.[1] Additionally, Cichocki also was employed as a programme assistant at the Stefan Batory Foundation for its East-Central Europe Forum, where he worked from 1995 to 1997.[1] He became deputy director of the Centre for Eastern Studies in 2001.[1] From 2004 to 2007, he served as the head of the centre.[2] Following this term, Cichocki joined the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk, working as a secretary of state for security services in the Chancellery from 2007 to November 2011.[3]

Following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Tusk, Cichocki was appointed interior minister in Tusk's second cabinet on 18 November 2011, where Cichocki presided over the nation's law enforcement services.[4] Cichocki replaced Jerzy Miller in the post. During his tenure, Cichocki presided over security operations during the UEFA Euro 2012 football championship, defending the event's security preparations and the Policja's response to the 12 June 2012 violent clashes between Polish and Russian fans in Warsaw coinciding with a match between both teams.[5] Following the riot, Cichocki demanded prosecutors to aggressively pursue legal actions against detained Polish hooligans to "fully feel the consequences of their antics," while ordering arrested Russian fans to be deported and excluded from entering the Schengen Area for five years.[5] Cichocki concluded after the championship's completion that far fewer people were arrested during the events than had been expected.[6]

Cichocki's tenure at the interior ministry lasted until 25 February 2013, when he was replaced by Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz. Cichocki was then subsequently reshuffled in the cabinet to become chief of the chancellery, replacing Tomasz Arabski in the post.[7]

Cichocki served as a non-affiliated independent member of the cabinet during both the Civic Platform and Polish People's Party coalition governments under Tusk and later Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.[8]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Matraszek, Marek (November 2011). "Composition of the new government after the 2011 parliamentary elections in the Republic of Poland" (PDF). CEC. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. "History of OSW". The Centre for Eastern Studies. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  3. "Bugging Scandal Sparks Big Brother Fears". Warsaw Voice. 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. "President appointed the new government". President of Poland. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  5. 1 2 "Euro 2012: Poland minister calls for severe sanctions on hooligans". The Guardian. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. "'Much less arrests than expected' during Euro 2012". Polskie Radio. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
  7. "Prime Minister announces 'small but interesting' cabinet reshuffle". Polskie Radio. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
  8. "Poland's new government wins support". European Voice. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
Government offices
Preceded by
Jerzy Miller
Interior Minister of Poland
2011 2013
Succeeded by
Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz
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