H.E. Jerzy Buzek (MEP)

Former Prime Minister of Poland

H.E. Jerzy Buzek was Prime Minister of Poland from 1997 to 2001 and President of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.

Jerzy Buzek studied in the Mechanical and Energy Engineering Department at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, graduating in 1963. He then started work at the Institute of Chemical Engineering in the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gliwice. He defended his doctoral thesis in 1969 and continued his scientific work throughout the 1970s. He spent 1971 on a research placement at the University of Cambridge. During the following decade he engaged in extensive research in the field of environmental protection. He lectured at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, and later at the Opole University of Technology and was subsequently appointed Professor of Engineering.

Jerzy was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. He became Vice-President of the European Energy Forum and served as a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and its Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. He was the European Parliament’s Rapporteur for the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Development Legislative Package and for the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan.

In 2013-2014 he chaired the High Level Reflection Group of the Energy Community which proposed major reform enhancing the operation of this organisation.