Pawel Szalamacha will take the reins at Poland’s Finance Ministry, a post which will play a loose second fiddle in economic policy in the government of election winner Law & Justice (PiS) behind a new over-arching Ministry of Development, PM candidate Beata Szydlo said Monday.
Szalamacha exemplifies PiS’ habit of finding top economic policy voices amongst outsiders who are then allowed to rise in influence on policy. On most other policy matters, the common understanding has it that PiS reserves key posts for long-term politicians with a pedigree to select right-wing circles.
Szalamacha is a corporate lawyer who went on to found an independent think tank which only grew to become a policy voice for PiS on economic matters much later.
Szalamacha went on to be an independent MP in the PiS caucus, although he failed to secure re-election for the pending term. During the term now closing, PiS funded a study period for Szalamacha in economics at Harvard University.
————- CV & BIO
– non-partisan MP elected from PiS list 2011-2015; failed to secure an MP seat in 2015 general election;
– 2003-2011 tied to Instytut Sobieskiego economic think tank, which he co-founded;
– deputy Treasury Minister responsible for the financial sector 2005-2007;
– corporate lawyer at Clifford Chance law firm in Warsaw 1994-2004;
– graduate of the UAM university in Poznan and College of Europe in Bruges;