Jarosław Gowin

Jarosław Gowin
Jarosław Gowin

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development, Labour and Technology

He is responsible for the economic policy of the state – mainly for entrepreneurship, industrial policy, innovativeness, and technology as well as for digital transformation, green economy, and economic relations with foreign countries. His tasks also cover issues related to employment, combating unemployment, industrial relations and working conditions, remuneration and employee benefits, collective industrial relations and industrial action as well as trade unions and employer organisations. He is also responsible for the construction industry, land-use planning and management, housing, and tourism.

Born on 4 December 1961 in Krakow. In the years from 2011 to 2013 Jarosław Gowin held the position of the Minister of Justice and was responsible for the deregulation act. In the years from 2015 to 2020 he was the Deputy Prime Minister, Minster of Science and Higher Education. Gowin introduced the so-called Constitution for Science – a major systemic reform of higher education and science carried out in consultation with the academic community, increases for academic teachers, and breakthrough changes in the education of PhD students; two innovation acts which provide an impulse for R&D activity, and programmes effectively promoting education for children and seniors. He established the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange and Łukasiewicz Research Network.

In the 1980s, Jarosław Gowin was a member of the Independent Students’ Association and Solidarity. He received a scholarship from the University of Cambridge.

In 2003, he founded the Tischer European University in Krakow, where he acted as the rector until 2013.

Jarosław Gowin was elected to the Senate of the sixth term and a member of the Science and Education Committee and the Local Government and Public Administration Committee.

In 2007, he was elected to the Sejm. He was a Chairman of the Zjednoczona Prawica Parliamentary Club in the seventh term of the Sejm. In his parliamentary work, Jarosław Gowin led the Team for Bioethics Convention and chaired an extraordinary committee considering parliamentary draft bills to amend the Constitution. He was also a member of the National Security Council.

Jarosław Gowin is an author of many books, publications, reviews, and memoirs. He spends his free time hiking in the mountains or reading books. His favourite authors are Wilhelm Röpke, Friedrich August von Hayek and Adam Smith. Jarosław Gowin is baroque music lover.

He is married and has three children.