Rafał Trzaskowski

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Rafał Trzaskowski

Rafał Trzaskowski Sejm 2016.JPG
Mayor of Warsaw
Assumed office
22 November 2018
Preceded byHanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz
Minister of Administration and Digitization
In office
3 December 2013 – 22 September 2014
Preceded byMichał Boni
Succeeded byAndrzej Halicki
Personal details
Born (1972-01-17) 17 January 1972 (age 47)
Warsaw, Poland
Political partyCivic Platform
Spouse(s)Małgorzata Trzaskowska
Alma materUniversity of Warsaw
AwardsLegion of Honour

Rafał Trzaskowski (born 17 January 1972, Warsaw) is a Polish politician and the current Mayor of Warsaw. He is also a political scientist specializing in European studies. He served as a Member of the European Parliament (2009-2014), Minister of Administration and Digitization (2013-2014) as well as the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland (2014-2015). He was elected a Member of the Polish Parliament in 2015. In the 2018 Polish local elections he was elected Mayor of Warsaw.

Life and education[edit]

He is a graduate of the College of Europe in Natolin as well as the Institute of International Relations of the University of Warsaw. He was granted a scholarship at the Oxford University in 1996 as well as the European Union Institute for Security Research in Paris in 2002. In 2004, he obtained his doctoral degree in political science at the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.[1]

Since 1995, he worked as a simultaneous translator and an English teacher. In 1998, he became an academic teacher at the National School of Public Administration, and in 2002 at the Collegium Civitas. His scientific interests primarily concern the European integration and international affairs. Since 2002, he has also worked as an analyst at the European Centre in Natolin.[2]

Political career[edit]

Between 2000 and 2001, he started working for Jacek Saryusz-Wolski at Poland's Office of the European Integration Committee. In the years 2004-2009, he was an advisor of the Civic Platform political party at the European Parliament. In 2009, having received 25,178 votes, he was elected Member of the European Parliament representing the Civic Platform party.[3] During his election campaign he was supported by well-known Polish personalities and artists such as Tomasz Karolak, Grzegorz Turnau, Michał Żebrowski and Urszula Dudziak. At the European Parliament, he was a member of the European People's Party. In 2010, he was the head of the election campaign of Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz running for the post of the mayor of Warsaw in the 2010 Polish local elections.[4]

On 27 November 2013, he was sworn in as the Minister of Administration and Digitization by President Bronisław Komorowski. On 24 September 2014, he became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and dealt with co-ordinating matters relating to the EU across the different ministries of the Donald Tusk cabinet.[5]

In 2015, he participated in the 2015 Polish parliamentary elections and won a seat in the Sejm having received 47,080 votes.[6] In 2016, he became a National Council Member of the Civic Platorm party. In the same year, he assumed the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs in the shadow cabinet created by the Civic Platform.[7] On 29 March 2017, he became the vice chairman of the European People's Party.[8]

In 2017, he received the order of the Legion of Honour for his contributions to strengthening the Polish-French relations.[9]

In November 2017, it was announced that he would be the joint candidate for the Mayor of Warsaw of the Civic Platform and the Modern political party in the 2018 Polish local elections.[10] He subsequently went on to win the elections on 21 October 2018 in the first round and was elected Mayor of Warsaw after beating his major rival Patryk Jaki of the Law and Justice party.[11][12][13] He received a total of 505,187 votes (56.67%).[14]

On 18 February 2019, he signed the LGBT+ Declaration, which is aimed at fighting discrimination of the LGBT community and provides guidance in such areas as security, education, culture, sport, administration, and work.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of pianist and composer Andrzej Trzaskowski and Teresa née Arens. He is a stepbrother of Piotr Ferster, a director of the Piwnica pod Baranami literary cabaret in Kraków. His great-grandfather, Bronisław Trzaskowski, was a linguist who established some of the first girls' secondary schools (gimnazja) in Poland.

As an 8-year-old, he appeared on "Our Backyard" (Polish: Nasze podwórko), a 1980 Polish children's television series and had a promising career as an actor.[17] He has a wife, Małgorzata, and two children: Aleksandra and Stanisław.


  • Dynamika reformy systemu podejmowania decyzji w Unii Europejskiej, Wydawnictwo Prawo i Praktyka Gospodarcza, Warsaw 2004
  • Polityczne podstawy rozszerzenia UE, Wydawnictwo Natolin, Warsaw 1997
  • Przyszły Traktat konstytucyjny. Granice kompromisu w dziedzinie podejmowania decyzji większością kwalifikowaną (co-written with Jan Barcz), Wydawnictwo Prawo i Praktyka Gospodarcza, Warsaw 2004

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "dr Rafał Trzaskowski". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  2. ^ "Rafał Trzaskowski – sociable patriot". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  3. ^ "Wyniki wyborów / Lista wybranych posłów". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  4. ^ "Poliglota z Europarlamentu zastąpi Boniego. Kim jest Rafał Trzaskowski?". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  5. ^ "TRZASKOWSKI RAFAŁ, PHD". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  6. ^ "Wybory do Sejmu i Senatu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej 2015". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  7. ^ "Nowa Platforma - najważniejsze decyzje Rady Krajowej PO". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  8. ^ "EPP Congress in Malta – Highlights of the First Day". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  9. ^ "Rafał Trzaskowski odznaczony Legią Honorową "za wkład w rozwój relacji francusko-polskich"". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  10. ^ "Trzaskowski wspólnym kandydatem Platformy i Nowoczesnej w Warszawie". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  11. ^ "Poland Elections Test Governing Party's Populist Message". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  12. ^ "In Warsaw's local election, Europe's identity crisis plays out". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  13. ^ "Rafał Trzaskowski wygrywa wybory prezydenckie w Warszawie". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  14. ^ "WYBORY SAMORZĄDOWE 2018". Retrieved 2018-11-17.
  15. ^ "Mayor of Warsaw signs the LGBT+ Declaration". Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  16. ^ "Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski signs LGBT+ declaration". Retrieved 2019-03-07.
  17. ^ "Rafał Trzaskowski". Retrieved 2018-11-17.