Network of Men Leaders
Members of the Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders
Jerzy Buzek was elected President of the European Parliament on 14 July 2009, with the biggest majority of any EP President since the first direct elections in 1979. He is the first EP President from one of the EU's 2004 enlargement Member States.
During his mandate, he has presided over the transition from the Nice to the Lisbon Treaty, playing a key-role in finalizing the ratification process. He has also been very active on the energy front, launching together with Jacques Delors the initiative of a European Energy Community aimed at strengthening legal certainty and energy cooperation within and outside the EU.
From 1997 to 2001, Jerzy Buzek was Prime Minister of Poland, introducing sweeping reforms in pensions, healthcare, local and regional administration, education and the mining sectors. During his time in office, Poland acceded to NATO and made key-steps towards EU membership.
A chemical engineer by formation, Buzek joined the Solidarność movement in its early days, becoming the Chair of the Works Committee, and later Chairman of the fourth, fifth and sixth national Congresses.