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CM(2009)41 6 March 20091

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.

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

Wodzimierz Cimoszewicz
Born on 13th September 1950 in Warsaw. Married, has two children.
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 (Ukraine).
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 and 1997.
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 Affairs Committee.
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 of Poland.
Between 1995 and 1996 Deputy Chairman of the Fourth Term Sejm.
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.

1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.



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