Minister of finance
Graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University (1979). In 1980, he completed a post-graduate programme in religious studies. He also studied philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He underwent a judge’s training, passing a relevant examination in 1996, and a training for controllers of the Supreme Audit Office (NIK). Banaś completed also Post-graduate Internal Audit Studies (2009–2010).
Cofounder and member of the Action for Independence (Akcja na rzecz Niepodległości) and the Katyń Institute, he was involved in the activities of these organisations in 1976–1980. In 1981–1983, he was imprisoned for his activity in “Solidarność”. In 1990, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the Polish government-in-exile, and in 2011, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland. He received also the “Niezłomnym w Słowie” Medal. In 2015, President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda awarded him with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity.
He was an advisor of the Minister of Interior in Jan Olszewski’s government. In 1992–2015, he worked in the Supreme Audit Office in different positions (including main specialist and legal adviser). From 21 November 2005 to 2 January 2008, he was an Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance, serving also as the Head of the Customs Service as from 28 November 2005.
On 19 November 2015, he was appointed Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Finance. On 9 December 2016, he was nominated as a Secretary of State and the Head of the National Fiscal Administration and the Customs Service. He was also the General Inspector of Financial Information and the Government Plenipotentiary for Combating Financial Irregularities Detrimental to the Republic of Poland or the European Union.
Banaś does sports and is a keen karate coach. He is married with three children.