Elżbieta Bieńkowska


  Ms. Elżbieta Bieńkowska
Minister of Regional Development                            


Elżbieta Bieńkowska was appointed Minister of Regional Development on 16 November 2007.
From January 1999 to November 2007 she worked in the Silesian Voivodship Marshall Office.


As a Director of the Regional Development Department she was responsible for programming and implementation of regional development instruments funded from EU pre-accession programmes as well as Structural Funds in the framework of the National Development Plan (NPR) 2004-2006 and the National Cohesion Strategy 2007-2013. She was a coordinator and negotiator of the team which created the Silesian Voivodship Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013 and a member of the Monitoring Committee of the Silesian Voivodship Regional Operational Programme. From 2002 to 2007 she held the post of the President of the Board of Supervisors of the Upper Silesian Regional Development Agency.


As an expert in international projects, she lectured at postgraduate studies at Silesian University and Warsaw School of Economics. Author of publications: “The role of self-government in the first period of the Structural Funds implementation in Poland – experiences from the Regional Development Integrated Operational Programme” (2005) and “Regional development planning in Poland from a regional perspective” (2002).  


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