Janusz Lewandowski

Janusz Lewandowski

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Janusz Antoni Lewandowski (, born 13 June 1951 in Lublin) is a Polish politician and economist belonging to the Gdansk liberals group, and a member of the Europea n Parliament (elected on 13 June 2004), Chairman of the Committee on Budgets. On 27 November 2009 he obtained the post of Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission (pending approval by the European Parliament in January 2010) and is affiliated to the European People's Party (EPP).

Biography

Janusz Lewandowski graduated in economics from University of Gdańsk, received a doctorate and was a lecturer there until 1984. Later he worked for Polish Oceanic Lines (Polskie Linie Oceaniczne). He was also a lecturer at Harvard University and the founder of the Research Institute for Market Economy in Gdansk (Instytut Badań nad Gospodarką Rynkową w Gdańsku).

He is an author of a book on famous liberals and he also writes short articles for several newspapers and magazines, including Rzeczpospolita, Gazeta Wyborcza, Parkiet, Polityka, Wprost and Newsweek.

Political career

From 1980–1989 he was an economics adviser to the Solidarity anti-communist movement, and in 1988 he was one of the founders of the Liberal-Democratic Congress (Kongres Liberalno-Demokratyczny). He was the Minister of Privatization in the cabinets...
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