Bożena Borys-Szopa

Bożena Borys-Szopa
Minister of family, labour and social policy

Born on 11 March 1954 in Lędziny.

Being a professional lawyer, she graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Silesia in Katowice and completed postgraduate studies in business management at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.

In 1998–2002, she was the Chairman of the Labour Protection Council at the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, serving as its Vice-Chairman as from 2002.

In 1991, she joined the Management Board of the “Solidarity” Silesia-Dąbrowa Basin Region. In 2002, she became the Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Management Board of the Region. In 1998–2006, she was a member of the National Commission of Independent Self-governing Trade Union “Solidarity”.

From 15 March 2006 to 21 August 2008, she was the chief labour inspector. In December 2007, she completed an inspector’s apprenticeship, gaining the qualifications of a labour inspector.

From 1 November 2008, she was an adviser to the President of the Republic of Poland for social affairs and contacts with social partners as well as labour law and health and safety at work.

On 21 September 2009, she was appointed as Undersecretary of State at the Chancellery of President Lech Kaczyński. On 6 July 2010, she was dismissed from her duties.

In 2011, she became a councillor in the Regional Assembly of Śląskie Voivodeship. In 2014, she was appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Regional Assembly of the 5th term.

In the parliamentary elections in 2015, she was elected to the Sejm from the Katowice district from the Law and Justice list. In the Sejm, she used to work in the State Audit Committee and, as a Vice-Chairperson, in the Social Policy and Family Committee.

Bożena Borys-Szopa received the Pro Labore Securo Award, granted by the Central Institute of Labour Protection for outstanding achievements in public service for the protection of people at work, and the Halina Krahelska Award of the National Labour Inspectorate for outstanding achievements in the field of labour protection. She is also the author of numerous publications on employee’s rights and supervision of working conditions in Poland and EU Member States.