1050 Meeting, 11 March 2009
1 General questions
1.5 Election of the Secretary General
Information Note by the Secretariat
On 5 March 2009, Mr Piotr Świtalski , Permanent
Representative of Poland, proposed the candidature of Mr Włodzimierz CIMOSZEWICZ
(cf. Appendix 1) in accordance with the relevant provisions of the procedure for
appointment to the post of Secretary General, Deputy Secretary General and
Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly having the rank of Deputy
Secretary General (Article 1.b). Mr Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz’s curriculum vitae
appears in Appendix 2 to this document.
Born on 13th September 1950 in Warsaw. Married, has two
Graduated from Warsaw University Law Faculty in 1972 and
obtained the degree of Doctor of Legal Sciences from Warsaw University in 1978.
Was awarded the doctorate honoris causa by University of South Carolina,
Appallachian State University (both in the U.S.A.) and Odessa University
Between 1972 and 1985 worked as research associate and then
assistant professor at Warsaw University.
Entered politics in 1989.
Served as Deputy Prime Minister and justice
minister/prosecutor general in the government of Waldemar Pawlak (1993-1995) and
as minister of foreign affairs in the government of Leszek Miller (2001- 2004).
He was Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland between 1996
He was member of the Board of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
between 1989-1991 and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe between 1992 and 1996.
In the Tenth Term Sejm (lower Chamber of Parliament) of the
Polish People's Republic, was deputy chairman of the Committee on National and
Ethnic Minorities and member of the Constitutional Committee and the Foreign
In the First Term Sejm of the Republic of Poland was member
of the Committee on National and Ethnic Minorities, Foreign Affairs Committee,
Committee on the Europe Agreement, Special Committee to Consider the Proposed
Act on Sejm Elections, Special Committee examining constitutional provisions of
the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and provisions introducing the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms and the Constitutional Committee of the National Assembly.
In the Second Term Sejm of the Republic of Poland, was member
of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Special Committee to Consider the Proposed
Constitutional Acts on the Amendment of the Constitutional Act on the Procedure
of Drawing up and Adopting the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, and
chairman of the National Assembly Constitutional Committee.
In the Third Term Sejm of the Republic of Poland was member
of the Foreign Affairs Committee, European Integration Committee and National
Assembly Regulatory Committee on the Adoption of Regulations of the National
Assembly Convened in Connection with Oath-taking by the Newly Elected President
Between 1995 and 1996 Deputy Chairman of the Fourth Term
From 1998 to 2000 he was member of the Provincial Parliament
of the region of Podlaskie.
Since 2006, academic teacher at University of Białystok.
Currently member of the upper Chamber of the Parliament of
the Republic of Poland.
Member of the Democratic Left Alliance Party.
This document has been classified restricted until examination by the
Committee of Ministers.