Jerzy Buzek elected 28th President of the European Parliament
Jerzy Buzek, former Prime Minister of Poland, is elected the 28th President of the European Parliament, the first from the former Eastern Bloc to gain the position.
On 13 June 2004, Jerzy Buzek was elected a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from the Silesian Voivodeship, basing his candidacy only on the popularity of his name and on direct contact with the voters. He received a record number of votes, 173,389 (22.14% of the total votes in the region).
His current affiliation is with the Platforma Obywatelska, which joined in a coalition with the European People’s Party. They are involved with the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.
Buzek is an alternate delegate for the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, a member of the Delegation to the EU–Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and an alternate delegate for the committee concerning relations with the countries of Central America.
On 7 June 2009 Buzek was re-elected as a Member of the European Parliament from the Silesian Voivodeship constituency. Just as in the previous election, Buzek received a record number of votes in Poland: 393,117 (over 42% of the total votes in the district).