Zbigniew Ziobro

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Zbigniew Ziobro
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Ziobro in 2019
Minister of Justice
Assumed office
16 November 2015
President Andrzej Duda
Prime Minister Beata Szydło
Mateusz Morawiecki
Preceded by Borys Budka
Minister of Justice
Public Prosecutor General
In office
31 October 2005 16 November 2007
President Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Lech Kaczyński
Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz
Jarosław Kaczyński
Preceded by Andrzej Kalwas
Succeeded by Zbigniew Ćwiąkalski
Member of the European Parliament
for Lesser Poland and Świętokrzyskie
In office
19 July 2009 1 July 2014
Personal details
Zbigniew Tadeusz Ziobro

(1970-08-18) 18 August 1970 (age 50)
Kraków, Poland
Political party Law and Justice (2001–2011)
United Poland (2012–present)
Spouse(s)Patrycja Kotecka
Alma mater Jagiellonian University
Signature Zbigniew Ziobro signature.jpg

Zbigniew Tadeusz Ziobro (Polish:  [ˈzbiɡɲɛf ˈʑɔbrɔ] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); born 18 August 1970) is a Polish politician. He is the current Minister of Justice of the Republic of Poland, as of January 2019, serving in the Cabinet of Mateusz Morawiecki. He previously served in the same role from October 2005 to November 2007, simultaneously serving as Public Prosecutor General. He was elected to the Sejm on 25 September 2005 in the 13th Kraków district, running on the Law and Justice list. He received over 120,000 votes in the parliamentary election, the highest percentage constituency result on a nationwide scale.


Ziobro graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration of Jagiellonian University. He did not complete his PhD. [1] He was a member of the Sejm from 2001 to 2005.

Due to his proclaimed "battle against corruption", he became one of the more popular, but also polarizing, politicians in Poland. His uncompromising approach and publicized prosecutions earned him the title Man of the year 2006, awarded by Wprost magazine. However, some of his policies were repeatedly characterized as partisan and overzealous by local and international press, including The Economist . [2] [3]

In 2007, former Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Janusz Kaczmarek, allegedly linked to the Andrzej Lepper bribery case, was forced to resign. He subsequently made a series of attack on members of the government, especially Ziobro. [4] In a media confrontation with vice-PM Andrzej Lepper, Ziobro revealed that he had secretly recorded a conversation with Lepper. [5]

In the elections to the European Parliament in 2009, he was elected in the Kraków constituency as an MEP. He received 335 933 votes, representing the second highest score in the country. [6]

Justice Minister of Poland (2017–present)

Since 16 November 2015 Ziobro has been the Justice Minister of Poland in the cabinet of Beata Szydło. In February 2016 he became Prosecutor General as well, which is result of new law unifying both positions. [7]

On 20 August 2019 Ziobro's deputy Łukasz Piebiak resigned following allegations of "arranging and controlling" an online and offline smear campaign against judges critical of the government's efforts to put more political control over the judiciary. In private correspondence revealed by Onet.pl Piebiak claimed to be reporting his actions to an unnamed "boss". [8] [9] [10]

Political views

Ziobro is against Istanbul Convention, In July 2020 Ziobro declared he will begin preparing the formal process to withdraw from the treaty. [11] [12] [13] [14] He said that the treaty is harmful because it requires that schools teach children about gender in an ideological way and de-emphasizes biological sex. [15] In 2012, when in opposition, Ziobro had referred to the treaty as "an invention, a feminist creation aimed at justifying gay ideology". [16]

Ziobro is against same sex marriage, with him saying in 2020 that it would be unacceptable for the European Union to force Poland to legalize gay marriage so it can get EU financial aid. [17]

Ziobro has also announced that he was considering the introduction of a law to target language used to refer to Poland's role in the Holocaust. [18]

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