Rafał Trzaskowski was born on 17 January 1972 in Warsaw. Mayor of Warsaw (elected on 21 October 2018), Member of the 8th term of the Polish Parliament, Vice-Chairman of the EU Committee, Vice-Chair of the European People’s Party, analyst and academic teacher.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (EU Affairs) and Prime Minister's European Council Plenipotentiary in PM Ewa Kopacz's government. In charge of governmental European policy, involved in key EU negotiations, i.a. on sanctions against Russia and energy security.
Minister of Administration and Digitization in PM Tusk's government (2013-2014), responsible for digitization, including online data protection, cybersecurity and online access for people with disabilities. Supervisor of province governors (voivodes), coordinated disaster relief services.
Member of the European Parliament and of the Constitution Committee between 2009 and 2013. Involved in the EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 negotiations, under which the European Union has allocated EUR 82.5 billion to Poland. He also served at the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, where he dealt with e-commerce, consumer laws, and public procurement.
Between 2004 and 2009, he was Advisor to Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and to the European Parliament Delegation of the Civic Platform.
Academic teacher at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw (since 2000) and the National School of Public Administration (1998-2009). Long-standing analyst at the Natolin European Center.
In 2004 he was awarded a PhD degree from the Warsaw University Institute of International Relations for his thesis: “The dynamics of reforming the decision-making system of the European Union”.
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
About the Mayor
The Mayor of Warsaw is the executive body of the city and performs the tasks which the law entrusts to mayors of cities. The Mayor also performs tasks which, pursuant to legal regulations, belong to the Starost (head of a county) and County Boards. These tasks result from the structure of the city - Warsaw is a borough with the status of a city and the rights of a county.
In addition, the Mayor also executes tasks which result from the fact that the city is the Capital of Poland. The said tasks are determined in the Act on the Structure of the Capital City of Warsaw.
The tasks of the Mayor of Warsaw include enforcing the resolutions of the Warsaw City Council, and tasks resulting from legal regulations, namely:
- Preparing draft resolutions for Warsaw City Council
- Specifying the method of executing resolutions
- Managing municipal property
- Executing the budget
- Carrying out appropriate financial management for the Capital City of Warsaw.
- Employing and dismissing directors of the organisational units of the City of Warsaw
- The Mayor of Warsaw is the manager of the City of Warsaw
The Mayor of Warsaw is the supervisor of all the employees of the City of Warsaw, as well as its auxiliary units and the organisational entities of the Capital City of Warsaw.
The Mayor carries out activities related to labour law with respect to the employees of the City of Warsaw, except for those subject to specific regulations. She directly supervises the work of the Deputy Mayors of Warsaw, the City Clerk, the Treasurer and the Directors of the basic organisational units of the City of Warsaw, who are the Mayor’s direct subordinates.
The Mayor of Warsaw is the supervisor of the services, inspections and guards of the Capital City of Warsaw. Pursuant to the the Structure of the Capital City of Warsaw Act, the services, inspections and guards of Counties became the services, inspections and guards of the Capital City of Warsaw.
Being the supervisor of the services, inspections and guards of the Capital City of Warsaw, the Mayor:
- Appoints and dismisses the directors of said units, in agreement with the region's governor, as well as executes all labour law procedures concerning them, unless specific regulations indicate otherwise
- Approves the programme of their activities
- In extraordinary situations, the Mayor directs the units’ joint activities
In individual cases, the Mayor of Warsaw issues decisions concerning public administration, unless specific regulations stipulate otherwise.