Jerzy Buzek was a guest speaker at the EPB in 2011
Jerzy Buzek, born to a Lutheran family on 3 July 1940 in Śmiłowice in Poland. He serves as Prime Minister of Poland and Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) in the years 1997-2001. He guided Poland into the NATO structures in 1999. He initiated accession negotiations with the European Union in 1997.
He studied at the Technical University of Silesia, Energy Engineering Faculty and is author of approx. 200 research papers and patents. Lectured at the Technical Universities of Silesia and Opole. He was the representative of Poland at the International Energy Agency – Programme of Greenhouse Gas Effect between the years 1992-1997. Co-founder of Polish-German Science Network for Energy and Environment Protection INCREASE in 1997. He is Doctor honoris causa of the Universities in Dortmund, Seoul and Isparta as well as Technical Universities of Opole and Silesia.
He became a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. On 14 July 2009, Jerzy Buzek was elected President of the European Parliament with 555 votes of the 644 valid votes cast, becoming the first President from the former Eastern Bloc to occupy this position.
He is the founder of the “Foundation for the Family” and the Institute of the Civil Society Pro Publico Bono.