KIM JESTEM

BIEDROŃ
ROBERT

Absolwent politologii i nauk społecznych na Uniwersytecie Warmińsko - Mazurskim w Olsztynie. Ukończył również Szkołę Liderów Politycznych i Społecznych oraz Szkołę Praw Człowieka przy Helsińskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka. Przez wiele lat współpracował jako konsultant kilkunastu organizacji praw człowieka w Polsce i za granicą. Jest pomysłodawcą, współzałożycielem i wieloletnim prezesem Kampanii Przeciw Homofobii. Od 2009 r. był prezesem Instytutu Podkarpackiego zajmującego się rozwojem społeczeństwa obywatelskiego. 9 października 2011 roku został wybrany na posła ziemi gdyńsko - słupskiej z listy Ruchu Palikota otrzymując prawie 17 tys. głosów. Były członek Zgromadzenia Parlamentarnego Rady Europy i Główny sprawozdawca ds LGBT. W latach 2008 – 2016 był członkiem Rady Doradczej Praw Człowieka przy Open Society Foundation. W trakcie kadencji był wiceprzewodniczącym Komisji Sprawiedliwości i Praw Człowieka oraz członkiem Komisji Spraw Zagranicznych. Od 2015 jest członkiem Kongresu Władz Lokalnych i Regionalnych Rady Europy. Od 2016 roku jest również członkiem grupy doradczej dotyczącej równouprawnienia płci, przymusowych wysiedleń i ochrony powołanej przez Wysokiego Komisarza Narodów Zjednoczonych do Spraw Uchodźców. Obecnie jest Prezydentem miasta Słupska.
 

Robert Biedroń - Mayor of Słupsk, former Member to the Polish Parliament, publicist, social activist and community organiser.

Mr Biedroń currently serves his first term as the Mayor of Słupsk, a City in Northern Poland, and is one of the most popular Polish politicians of the younger generation. Despite his age he is of substantial experience as, among others, a former Member of the lower house of Parliament (the Sejm), and an advisor to the Polish Deputy Prime Minister.

A graduate of political studies (BA and MA from the Warmia University in Olsztyn, and the Radom Politechnics) he started off as a social activist and a community organiser in the human rights LGBTQ movement, to subsequently join the Social Democratic and the Democratic Left Alliance party, later to become a Member of Parliament with the Your Movement party in 2011. Before the end of his term he ran, and with a majority of 57% of votes, won the local elections to become the Mayor of Słupsk in 2014. During his presidency he has managed to prove himself as a good administrator, and months before the upcoming elections leads in local polls by a wide margin.

As a politician Mr Biedroń represents the face of a new, open, pro-european, progressive and liberal Poland. The ongoing crises (since 2015) of the Polish opposition at the Sejm resulted in historically bad opinion polls for the establishment parties. Even as a Mayor of Słupsk he has managed to establish himself as an important figure in the national political discourse, being openly (and regularly) talked about in the Polish mainstream media as to become a "dark horse" for the upcoming future.

Robert Biedroń is one of the most popular Polish politicians on social media and the Internet in general, especially among the younger and more Europe-oriented voters. According to a consistent and ever growing body of studies by major agencies (CBOS, IBRiS, ARIADNA) Mr Biedroń became one of the most popular politicians in Poland with mainstream media outlets publishing polls examining his chances of winning against the incumbent President Andrzej Duda (former Law and Justice party).

During his visit to Bruxells Mr Biedroń will be holding meetings with officials from the European Commission, European Parliament and other institutions during which he will discuss matters important to Słupsk as well as to the general situation in Poland and Europe.

Short biographical note
Robert Biedroń (b. 1976 in Rymanów, South-Eastern Poland)

2014-now - Mayor of the City of Słupsk (Pomorskie voivodeship in Northern Poland) elected with the majority of 57% of votes in the second leg

2015-now a member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

2011-2014 - a Member of Polish Parliament elected as the the first openly gay MP in Eastern Europe. During his term at the Sejm he served as a vice chairperson of the Justice and Human Rights Committee and a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. In 2013 “Polityka”, a leading opinion magazine in Poland, chose him as one of 10 most active and professional parliamentarians.

2013 - chosen as  the General rapporteur on the rights of LGBT people by the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Council of Europe

2008-2016 -  a member of the Human Rights Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundation.

2004-2005 - a member of the Programme and Consultation Board by the Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status of Women and Men and an advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka.

2004-2018 - Founder and a board member of Kampania Przeciwko Homofobii, a leading anti-discriminatory NGO in Poland.