News Foreign policy Ministry Travel to Poland
9 January 2013
Minister Radosław Sikorski called for the establishment of the Endowment in January 2011, soon after the brutal stifling of protests in Belarus and the beginning of the Arab Spring. “Europe needs a new institution that would support societies and their leaders in their pro-democracy efforts,” said Minister Sikorski. The initiative soon gained the support of EU Member States, High Representative Catherine Ashton, the European Commission, Commissioner Stefan Fuele and the European Parliament. The Polish Presidency of the EU Council held in the second half of 2011 significantly accelerated work to the create the EED.
The EED is designed to support democratic transformation in the EU’s southern and eastern neighbourhood. Its measures are mostly addressed to young pro-democracy leaders, independent media outlets, journalists, bloggers and NGOs.
“The creation of the Endowment is a double success for Poland,” says MFA spokesman Marcin Bosacki. “In a short time, Poland implemented – from the ground up – an important project for the EU as a whole. Moreover, a Pole – our Deputy Foreign Minister – proved the best choice from among the several dozen candidates who applied for the position.”
Jerzy Pomianowski has very broad international experience, working with similar issues in the OECD, where he served as director of the Partnership for Democratic Governance and was in charge of assistance provided to public administration bodies in countries destabilized by armed conflict or natural disasters (see below: Jerzy Pomianowski’s CV).
The nomination of the Executive Director and the prompt establishment of the EED Secretariat should permit the implementation of the first EED projects in the months to come.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Jerzy Pomianowski is a professional diplomat (holding the rank of Ambassador) and has been on the staff of the Ministry since 1991. Since that time he has held the following positions: Deputy Director of the Department of Asia, Africa, Australia and Oceania; then Director of the Department for five years (1992-1997); in 1997-2002, he served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Japan; upon his return, he headed the Commission of Public Procurement in the Department of Promotion (2003-2004). From 2004 to 2005, he chaired the Preparatory Committee of the III Summit of the Council of Europe in Warsaw and simultaneously chaired the Drafting Committee of the Summit’s Political Declaration, a crucial document defining the political mandate of the Council of Europe. From 2005 to 2006, he was Director General of the Foreign Service and then Director of the Department of Development Cooperation and Coordinator of the Polish Development Aid Program.
Jerzy Pomianowski has been the Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1 July 2011. His primary responsibilities include non-European policy and democratization agenda.
In the years 2008–2011, he worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) as Director of the Partnership for Democratic Governance, an international initiative (OECD/UNDP) aimed at supporting public administrations in countries destabilized by armed conflict or natural disasters.
From 1980 to 1989, he was an active member of the democratic opposition in Poland: he was a member of the board of Independent Students’ Association and the co-founder and head of the independent publishing house “Student Publishing House SOWA-NZS”.
He graduated from the University of Warsaw, majoring in Sociology (1987).
He was awarded the following state distinctions: Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star (Japan) and Award for Merit in Sport (Minister of Sport and Tourism of Poland).
He speaks English, Russian, French and Bulgarian. Apart his professional activity Deputy Minister Pomianowski has been recognized authority in the Aikido world. He holds the 6th dan in Aikido-Aikikai, is the President of the Polish Aikido Federation, as well as the Founder and Technical Director of WARSAW BUDOJO (Center for Japanese Sports in Warsaw). Apart from aikido he specialises in koryu bujutsu and kenjutsu (old schools of Japanese martial arts).