Magdalena Łośko will replace Krzysztof Brejza, who will become an MEP. The current MP of the Civic Coalition in the European Parliament will, in turn, take over the mandate of Radosław Sikorski, who is the new head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
On Thursday evening, a member of parliament from the Civic Coalition Krzysztof Brejza announced that after 16 years of working in the Polish Parliament, he is taking up a seat in the European Parliament. He will replace Radosław Sikorski, who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s government Donald Tusk.
In last year’s elections Brejza ran for the Sejm from district no. 4, which includes, among others, Bydgoszcz and the area of Bydgoszcz, Inowrocławski, Mogilno, Nakło, Sępoleński, Świecie, Tuchola and Żnin poviats, and obtained 89,840 votes. Among the candidates of the Civic Coalition PO .N IPL ZIELONI electoral committee who did not get to the Sejm in this constituency, Magdalena Łośko received the highest result.
Łośko confirmed that she would take up a parliamentary mandate and replace Krzysztof Brejza in the parliamentary benches. She said that she would most likely take the parliamentary oath not at the next session of the Sejm, but at the next session at the end of January.
She explained that Brejza’s parliamentary mandate must first expire. – There is a plenary session of the European Parliament on January 15, and when the MEP de facto takes up his function, he vacates his parliamentary mandate and the procedure begins for me – said Łośko.
“The term has already begun, the MPs are already working and this must also be taken into account”
She emphasized that she was still in talks with the management of the KO club about which committees she would serve on. – This is ahead of us and we will see, because when it comes to committees, the area of interest (of the MP – ed.) is one thing, but secondly, we know that the term of office has already started, the MPs are already working and this also needs to be taken into account – Łośko pointed out .
When asked which committees would be closest to her, she replied that her current area of interest was the environmental protection committee. – I worked on this committee and wrote interpellations many times and intervened on behalf of the environment – she said.
She also added that she was involved in education issues and undertook many interventions in the area of health. At the same time, she emphasized that she is open to working in other fields.
Magdalena Łośko – who is she?
Magdalena Łośko comes from Inowrocław, is a teacher by profession, she graduated from the Casimir the Great University in Bydgoszcz, majoring in pedagogy and rehabilitation counseling. She is also a graduate of postgraduate studies in administration and management at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Łośko was elected as a city councilor in Inowrocław in 2010, was re-elected in 2014 and 2018, and served as vice-chairwoman of the Inowrocław City Council. In the 2019 parliamentary elections, she was elected as a member of the 9th term of office from the Bydgoszcz constituency from the Civic Coalition list.
In the previous term of office of the Sejm, Łośko sat on the following committees: environmental protection, natural resources and forestry; senior policy and education, science and youth.
The procedure for taking over Brejza’s mandate
Pursuant to the Electoral Code, the Marshal of the Sejm notifies, on the basis of information from the National Electoral Commission, the next candidate from the same list of candidates who received the highest number of votes in the elections of his or her priority to a seat in the European Parliament in place of the person whose mandate has expired.
The candidate’s declaration of acceptance of the mandate to the European Parliament should be submitted within 7 days from the date of delivery of the notification. Failure to submit it within this deadline means waiving priority to fill the seat.
In the 2019 European Parliament elections, Sikorski, who opened the list of the European Coalition in constituency number 2, received 129,339 votes. The second result was obtained by Brejza – 84,225, and the third by Janusz Zemke – 53,157 votes.
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