Jacek KRAWCZYK - Président du Groupe des Employeurs du CESE
Back home in Poland I'm active as the Vice-President of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan (PKPP), which I represent here at the EESC since 2004. I started my professional career in 1988 as a consultant and became over the years involved in the management boards of several banks and companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. In 1991, I proudly took part in the second 'Solidarity' government, as Secretary of State at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Polish government. Since 2002 I have been nominated as chairman of several management boards of companies that work in the field of IT, transportation, insurance and aviation.
I have a law degree from the University of Warsaw and I'm a graduate from HEC in Paris and INSEAD in Fontainebleau. I have also undertaken a number of programs in the Unites States, Japan and France and been honored to become one of the Eisenhower Fellows. I enjoy spending my free time with my wife and children in Warsaw.
At the EESC I have acted as rapporteur for a number of opinions on European aviation and my passion for aviation has gotten me involved in the project "Single European Sky" which aims to make air travel easier for Europeans through better coordination of services. I took up this issue in the EESC opinion TEN/451 "Single European Sky II". My latest opinion on Single European Sky II + (TEN/504) was adopted by the EESC in April 2013. During the second half of 2011 I was also very much involved in the activities of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, which I think gave Europe huge dose of much needed Euro enthusiasm, energy and dynamism.
From October 2010 until April 2013 I was Vice-President of EESC responsible for Budget; during this time I worked in line with my main goal, which was to manage the EESC budget in a transparent, responsible and efficient manner in cooperation with the EESC members and administration. With the EESC opinion ECO/308 Budget 2014-2020 (adopted in May 2012), which I was the co-rapporteur of, the EESC reiterates that the ambitious challenges facing the EU make it not only desirable but also necessary to increase the size of the EU budget so as to revitalize economic growth and employment.