Piotr Gliński

Piotr Gliński
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Chairman of the Public Benefit Committee
He is in charge of the theatre, music, ballet, opera, fine arts, literature, film, museums, folk culture, art education, cultural education, protection of historical monuments, state archives and cultural exchange with foreign countries, as well as coordination and monitoring of cooperation between government administration bodies and the NGO sector and preparation of programmes to support the development of civil society.

Born on 20 April 1954 in Warsaw.
Professor of Sociology and Master of Economics, academic lecturer, President of the Polish Sociological Association (Polskie Towarzystwo Socjologiczne) between 2005 and 2011, Head of the Law and Justice Programme Council since 2014.
He studied at the Institute of Economic Sciences and the Institute of Sociology of the University of Warsaw. In 1978, Gliński obtained a master's degree in economics. He completed PhD studies at the Department of Lifestyle Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 1984, he obtained a PhD degree in the humanities. In 1997, he also completed postdoctoral studies at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. In 2008, Piotr Gliński was awarded the title of Professor of the Humanities. Between 1997 and 2005, he was in charge of the Civil Society Department. Full professor, Head of the Department of Sociology of Social Structures at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Białystok, where he has worked since 1998 (currently on unpaid leave).
In the 1970s and 1980s, he was an active member of the democratic opposition and the Independent Self-governing Labour Union 'Solidarity' (NSZZ 'Solidarność'), including the Intervention and Mediation Committee of the 'Mazowsze' Region. Since the 1980s, he has actively participated in the operations of non-governmental organisations. He was, among others, a co-founder and long-term President of the Social Ecological Institute (Społeczny Instytut Ekologiczny) and co-organiser the National Congresses of the Environmental Movement (Ogólnopolskie Zjazdy Ruchu Ekologicznego). In 1997, he was a candidate for the Sejm as a member of the  Electoral Committee of Environmental Leaders within the Freedom Union list. He was a co-founder and long-term member of the Board of the KLON/JAWOR Association, as well as a co-founder and a long-term member of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland and its audit committee. In 2011, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski) for his contributions to activities aimed at building civil society and achievements in professional and social work undertaken for the benefit of the State.
In 2009, Gliński was appointed a member of the National Development Council by President Lech Kaczyński and later became a member of the Coordinating Team of that institution.
He has cooperated with the Law and Justice party since 2010, and since 2015 he has been a member of the party; since 2016,  he has been a member of the Political Committee of the Law and Justice party. He also holds the office of Chairman of the Law and Justice Programme Council.
Member of the 8th term Sejm, on 13 October 2019 he was re-elected to be a Member of the lower house of the Polish Parliament as a candidate from the Łódź region.
Between 2015 and 2019, he held the office of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Chairman of the Public Benefit Committee and, since June 2019, he has been Chairman of the Social Committee of the Council of Ministers.
On 15 November 2019, he was reappointed as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Chairman of the Public Benefit Committee in the Cabinet of Mateusz Morawiecki.