Michał Wójcik


Michał Wójcik
Michał Wójcik

Minister – Member of the Council of Ministers

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Born on 17 April 1971 in Krakow – long-term Deputy Minister of Justice, deputy to the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, Vice-President of Solidarna Polska since December 2017, appointed as the Minister, member of the Council of Ministers, on 6 October 2020.

 

Michał Wójcik graduated in law from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Faculty of Law and Administration; he also completed post-graduate studies at the School of Banking and Finance in Katowice. In 2018, he obtained the PhD degree after defending his PhD dissertation at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Michał Wójcik specialises in issues relating to labour market policy, international ecological security and economic self-government. Three-time deputy to the Sejm, three-time councilor of the Regional Assembly of the Silesian Voivodeship. Minister in the cabinet of Beata Szydło and in the cabinet of Mateusz Morawiecki.

His contribution to cases concerning the protection of children’s rights was enormous. In cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michał Wójcik supported efforts to ensure that Polish children who are taken away from their rightful parents abroad could return to them or their relatives in Poland as soon as possible.

He is an author of the reform which enabled the establishment of specialized courts for cases concerning cross-border parental child abduction. The Act prevents children from being taken out of Poland until appropriate decisions become final and binding and provides for extraordinary remedies for the Prosecutor General.

Michał Wójcik is an author of the international success of Poland, i.e. the adoption guaranteeing children’s rights to cultural, religious and linguistic identity by the Council of the European Union. As a result, courts in the Member States will be obliged to check children’s links to a given country. He has repeatedly become involved in cases concerning Polish children abroad. He is an author of the act prohibiting illegal adoptions in Poland and sale of children in the Internet. Michał Wójcik was also a representative of a group of MPs who submitted a draft bill – Law on Public Prosecutor’s Office. The new law combined the function of the Minister of Justice and the function of the General Public Prosecutor and changed the structure of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Poland and strengthened its rights. He also worked on solutions preventing VAT fraud. Michał Wójcik is the author of regulations concerning road safety, in particular regulations introducing new types of traffic offences and increasing sanctions for offences committed under the influence of alcohol, drugs or designer drugs. These regulations have been one of the factors increasing road safety in Poland in recent years. While working in the Ministry of Justice, he supervised almost all departments and the Prison Service over the years. He also supervised youth detention centres and juvenile shelters. He was the chairman of the Penitentiary Council and a member of the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers. In addition, he was the deputy chairman of the Interministerial Team for Terrorist Threats. He contributed to the establishment of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Union and the transformation of the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble into an institution co-financed by the state.

He is married and he has a daughter.