Lech Kołakowski will be the new deputy minister of agriculture from Wednesday. On Tuesday, he was nominated by the deputy prime minister and the head of the ministry of agriculture, Henryk Kowalczyk, the press office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported. In July, it was loud about the job that Kołakowski got at Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego – right after his return to the parliamentary club of Law and Justice.
According to the statement of the Ministry of Agriculture, Lech Kołakowski also became the government plenipotentiary for activities related to the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the territory of the Republic of Poland. He replaced the dismissed Deputy Minister Szymon Giżyński in this position. Kołakowski will take up his duties on December 1, 2021.
Lech Kołakowski – who is he?
Lech Antoni Kołakowski, 58, graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.
From 1992, he worked at the Provincial Office in Łomża. He was the representative of the Łomża Voivode at the Supreme Administrative Court. In the years 1993–1997 he headed the Labor Market, Information and Analyzes Department at the Provincial Labor Office in Łomża. In the years 1998-2005 he was a councilor in Łomża, and from 2002 – deputy chairman of the Council.
Kołakowski also owns a farm. He ran his own business.
Since 2005, he has been a member of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th term, district no. 24, Podlaskie Voivodeship). In the 8th and 9th term of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland, he was, inter alia, vice-chairman of the Law and Justice Parliamentary Club.
In the Sejm, Kołakowski is currently vice-chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and chairman of the standing subcommittee for direct sales and retail trade of products produced on farms.
Work at BGK
In early July, PiS president, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński welcomed MP Lech Kołakowski back to the club as a member of the Republican Party.
After returning to the PiS club – as determined by Wirtualna Polska – he resigned from being a professional MP and receiving a salary (about PLN 8,000 gross). He was only entitled to a diet of about 2,500. zlotys.
As reported by “Newsweek”, the reason for his resignation from his salary was to find a better-paid job outside the Sejm – the deputy was employed as an advisor to the president of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego. According to the “Fakt” daily, he received a salary of 35,000. PLN gross.
Return of MP Kołakowski to the PiS club
In September last year, 15 PiS MPs – including Kołakowski – were suspended from their membership rights after voting, despite party discipline, against the draft amendment to the law on animal protection, the so-called “animal fives”. In November, all fifteen, including Kołakowski, were restored as party members, but at the end of November Kołakowski left the PiS club and became a non-attached MP.
He explained later that the reason for his resignation from membership in the PiS club was precisely the amendment to the law on animal protection, which he called a “legal trash”. In “Live Day” on TVN24 talked about the details of his decision. – The environment of Mr. President Jarosław Kaczyński did not allow me to talk to Mr. President. I really regret that it happened, but today I am leaving Law and Justice – he pointed out.
The situation changed this summer. – MP Lech Kołakowski returns to our club, although as a member of the Republican Party, but to our club – said Jarosław Kaczyński on July 1. As the PiS president pointed out, Kołakowski is passing “for substantive reasons”. – He strove for certain matters for Polish agriculture, we decided that these demands are really worth not only considering, but also adopting, and this is the substantive level of our agreement – argued the PiS president.
Main photo source: PAP / Wojciech Olkuśnik