Mayor of Warsaw, Member of the Board of Eurocities and academic scholar.
Member of the European Committee of the Regions.
Former: Minister of Administration and Digitization, Minister of EU Affairs, Member of the Polish
Parliament, Vice-Chair of the European People’s Party and Member of the European Parliament.
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Russian and Italian.
Married with two children. Bibliophile.
The role and strength of cities in the 21st century not only relates to economic opportunity and prosperity but, increasingly, these issues are an expression of democratic values. The attitudes and voting preferences of those living in modern cities prove the trend. According GLOBSEC research, people in the capitals of Czechia, Hungary, and Slovakia prefer liberal democracy to autocracy more than in other regions. In December 2019, the V4 Mayors, all elected as advocates for progressive politics and liberal democracy principles, formed a progressive value-based Pact of Free Cities. Among other goals, this alliance argues for more direct funding for cities to increase efficiency and progress in climate action and innovation, policy areas that often remain stuck amid debates within national governments. What are the goals and objectives of the Free Cities Pact, and how will they be accomplished? Can they pave the way for more robust national policies? Will the ‘value gap’ between urban and rural areas continue to persist? How can mayors capitalize on support from citizens for climate action and environmental protection?