Kamil Bortniczuk will lead the Ministry of Sport and Tourism. Who is the former spokesman for the Covenant, the current MP from the Republican Party, and what has his political path been so far?
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in February 2018 announced: “We will show a leaner, leaner, less bureaucratic government structure.” These words were spoken in the context of the reconstruction and the reduction of positions, also in the field of deputy ministers. Already on March 7, the new deputy minister in the finance ministry was announced. Since then, the number of deputy ministers has grown.
On March 1 this year, the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport was established. From Tuesday, the ministries will once again operate separately, and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism will be headed by Kamil Bortniczuk from the Republican Party.
Since the previous government reconstruction, the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, Piotr Gliński, was responsible for sport, and Andrzej Gut-Mostowy, the deputy head of the Ministry of Development and Technology, was responsible for tourism.
The Ministry of Sport and Tourism was re-established. Who is his boss?
Born on June 11, 1983, Bortniczuk ran unsuccessfully for the Sejm from the PiS list in the Opolskie Voivodeship in 2015. In 2018, he assumed the mandate of the deputy of the 8th term after Bartłomiej Stawiarski, who was elected mayor of Namysłów. In 2019, he became a member of the Sejm of the 9th term elected from the PiS list. He is a member of the PiS club.
In the past, as a member of PiS from 2002, he held the mandate of the city councilor in Głuchołazy (in the years 2006-2010). In 2010, he became a councilor, starting from his own committee. He unsuccessfully applied for the office of the mayor of Głuchołazy twice, losing twice to Edward Szupryczyński.
He belonged to the Poland Is Most Important party, from which he ran unsuccessfully in the parliamentary elections in 2011. He co-founded Poland Together, which was transformed into the Understanding. In 2018, he became the spokesperson for the Agreement. He performed this function until January 2020.
Before the elections in 2015, he was in Beata Szydło’s team of advisers, where he was responsible for the issues of European funds. From 2016, he was the director of the office of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, Jarosław Gowin.
Dispute in the Agreement and joining the Republican Party
From December 2019 to April 2020, Bortniczuk was the deputy minister of funds and regional policy as a politician of the Covenant – a grouping which, together with PiS and Solidarna Polska, formed the United Right. He resigned from this function in connection with a dispute over the organization of the presidential elections. The Covenant leader, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin, opposed the organization of postal elections, proposed a change to the constitution in order to extend the president’s term of office and not to organize elections during the COVID-19 epidemic.
In February 2021, Bortniczuk was first suspended and then excluded from the Agreement as a result of a conflict between some party members and Jarosław Gowin. Bortniczuk was among the supporters of Adam Bielan, who accused Gowin of unlawful performance of the party’s head as a result of the expiry of his term of office. Eventually, Bielan founded the Republican Party, which Bortniczuk joined.
When, after the dismissal of Deputy Minister of Development, Labor and Technology, Anna Kornecka and Minister of Development, Labor and Technology, Jarosław Gowin, the Agreement left the ruling coalition, the Republican Party joined the United Right.
Kamil Bortniczuk graduated from international relations at the University of Wrocław (2007) and law at the University of Gdańsk (2017). He is married and has four children.
Main photo source: Wojciech Olkuśnik / PAP