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BIOGRAPHY



PRIVATE LIFE
I was born in Poznań, graduated from the History Department at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and in 2005 I earned a PhD in Political Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University. My wife Beata Machowska-Kaczmarek is a journalist. My son Ignacy is a junior high student.
 
POLITICS: LOCAL GOVERNMENT
In the beginning of the 90’s I was the Chairman of the National Coordination Committee for the Independent Students’ Union at Adam Mickiewicz University. In 1994 I took part in the foundation of the Young Democrats Association. As a member of the Sejm of first tenure (1991-1993) I was inter alia a member of the Parliamentary Committee on the Europe Agreement. In 2001 I took part in founding the Civic Platform in Poznań. I was also a co-founder of the Civic Platform Councillors Club of Poznań City Council and the Civic Platform structures in Poznań. From 1998 to 2002 I was the Councillor and Deputy Leader of Poznań City Council. In 2003 I created the European Funds Bureau in Poznań City Council becoming its first director. Since 2010 I am the head of Civic Platform in Poznań.
 
EUROPE
For several years I have been concerned with European matters. When I was a member of the Sejm in 1992 I postulated that Poland should apply for complete membership in the European Communities. In 1993 I was a co-founder of an organisationthat later was transformed into the Centre for European Research and Education in Poznań.  In 1996 I was a co-initiator of the International Youth Centre in Mikuszewo. Until 2007 I was the Chairman of the Independent Initiatives Association. The Association organized among other things the European Youth Meeting (Poznań 2003). In 1996 I received a scholarship from The German Marshall Fund of the United States.
 
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
Since 2004 I have been a Member of the European Parliament, where I belong to the European People's Party like other Civic Party MEPs. Currently I am the Coordinator of the EPP Group in the Committee on Development, which brings help to developing countries and supports democratic transformations in these countries. I am also a member of
the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
In 2009 my work in the Committee on Development was recognized and I received an award for the best MEP in the category of development politics.
Apart from that I am the Chairmen of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Belarus, also I am a member of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Delegation for relations with the Pan-African Parliament, the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, and a deputy member of the Delegation for relations with Israel.
 
 
I am a member of 5 intergroups:
1. Tibet Intergroup
2. Intergroup on Ageing
3. Sport Intergroup
4. Urban Intergroup
5. SME Intergroup
 
I belong to the following Parliamentary Groups:
1. EP Caucus on Burma
2. The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa –AWEPA
3. EP Taiwan Friendship Group
4. EP Rugby Union Intergroup
5. EP Beer Club
6.The European Advocates for Epilepsy Working Group
7. EP Working Group on Roma-people
8. EU-Nepal Friendship Group
9. Friends of Sri Lanka
10.
EPWorking Group on innovation access to medicines and poverty-related diseases
11. Election Coordination Group


 
Within the EPP Group I am:
- a Member of the EPP Management Board Bureau
- the Coordinator of the Committee on Development
- the Coordinator of ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
- a member of SME Circle that concerns small and medium-sized enterprises (the EPP Group is the only EP Party that entirely recognisesSME’s role in providing workplaces in Europe)