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Antoni Macierewicz Appointed Senior Marshal of Sejm by Polish President

Antoni Macierewicz Appointed Senior Marshal of Sejm by Polish President

Antoni Macierewicz is pictured on February 20, 2018, in his office in Warsaw. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP via Getty Images)

Edmund Janniger By Thursday, 07 November 2019 03:14 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The 2019 Polish parliamentary election was held on October 13. The governing conservative party, Law and Justice (PiS), retained its majority in the main chamber of the Polish Parliament, the Sejm. The voter turnout was the highest of any fully free election in Poland since World War II. Earlier this week Antoni Macierewicz was appointed to the highly-coveted position of Senior Marshal of the Sejm by the President of Poland. It is important to properly introduce this eminent statesman, Marshal Macierewicz.

Utilizing nonviolent tactics, Marshal Macierewicz became a legendary leader of the anti-communist struggle in his homeland and inspired human rights activists across Europe. A political prisoner who was arrested over 20 times, Marshal Macierewicz is perhaps best known as the founder of the Workers Defense Committee (KOR), the forerunner of the Solidarity movement. He also established one of the first underground communist-era publications, later heading Solidarity’s Center for Social Research.

Since helping prompt the fall of the Soviet satellite state, the Polish People's Republic, Marshal Macierewicz has been at the pinnacles of governance and public policy. He is Deputy Leader of Poland’s ruling party, and was reelected for a seventh term as a Member of the Sejm last month. Marshal Macierewicz has been the Minister of National Defense, Minister of Internal Affairs, Head of the Military Counterintelligence Service, and Chairman of the Verification Commission.

Marshal Macierewicz is responsible for groundbreaking documents, prepared by resolution of the Sejm. Following a nonpartisan investigation of national leaders, Marshal Macierewicz delivered a list of those who were identified in surviving records as collaborators of the security apparatus during the communist era. Years later, the Macierewicz Report scrutinized the security apparatus in both the Polish People’s Republic and the Republic of Poland.

Marshal Macierewicz consequently disbanded the dishonored entity, known as the Military Information Services, with its strong ties to Russian intelligence. Marshal Macierewicz established the Military Intelligence Service and the Military Counterintelligence Service, two agencies that have proven themselves as highly effective and immune from foreign influence.

Most recently, at the helm of the Ministry of National Defense from 2015 to 2018, Minister Macierewicz hosted the 2016 Warsaw Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Polish military expenditures increased to 2% of GDP with an automatic elevation to 2.5% by 2030. The Ministry of National Defense, under Minister Macierewicz’s leadership, advanced the deployment of NATO troops to Central and Eastern Europe, including U.S. Army Brigades in Poland.

Perhaps, most importantly, effective preparation for an agreement with the U.S. was formulated to create permanent bases, termed Fort Trump, for at least one American division on Polish soil. Moreover, the fifth military branch of the Polish Armed Forces was created, namely the Territorial Defense Force, which has the ability to combat hybrid threats.

Since 2018 Marshal Macierewicz has led the commission tasked with investigating the Smolensk air disaster, which killed all 96 people on board, including President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, and former President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, as well as the most senior Polish military officers and national leaders. They were en route to commemorations of the Katyń massacre. Russian authorities have attempted to obstruct this investigation, notably refusing to return the wreckage of the aircraft and other key evidence, resulting in a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe demanding Russian cooperation.

Marshal Macierewicz is a noted author and educator, who has been on the faculty at the Department of Iberian Studies of the University of Warsaw and has taught Polish history at the Jagiellonian University. Marshal Macierewicz is actively engaged in the work of the International Security Forum, and cohosts a weekly program on geopolitics on one of Poland’s principal private television stations.

Marshal Macierewicz is a Knight of the Order of Polonia Restituta, bestowed upon him in 1990 by the President of Poland in exile, and is a recipient of the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity from the Institute of National Remembrance. He was named in 2010, 2016, and 2018 by various media outlets as Person of the Year, Patriot of the Year, and Personality of the Year, respectively.

Minister Macierewicz holds a Master's degree from the Institute of History of the University of Warsaw. He is married to Hanna Macierewicz, and is proud of their grown daughter as well as their four grandchildren.

Edmund Janniger is the Director of the International Security Forum, an institution under the patronage of the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Poland. His work at the Ministry of National Defense encompasses academic affairs and global engagement. Mr. Janniger holds the record as the youngest sub-cabinet official in Poland’s history. In the Parliamentary Office, Mr. Janniger has been the Deputy Chief of Staff to Minister Antoni Macierewicz and, during the 2015 elections, was the Deputy Campaign Manager for Law and Justice in the 10th District. Mr. Janniger has a proven track record directing complex political and policy-related matters. He holds an adjunct appointment at Marconi University, and was elected by the full Rutgers University Senate to three terms on its Executive Committee. Mr. Janniger splits his time between the Warsaw and New York metropolitan areas, has one young dog, and is an avid hiker. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The 2019 Polish parliamentary election was held on October 13. The governing conservative party, Law and Justice (PiS), retained its majority in the main chamber of the Polish Parliament, the Sejm.
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Thursday, 07 November 2019 03:14 PM
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