Danuta Hübner

Danuta Hübner became Poland’s first-ever European commissioner in 2004 and has played a key role in the enlargement of the European Union. Since July 2009, she has been a member of the European Parliament and chair of the Committee on Regional Development, as well as a member of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic, and Social Crisis and the Delegation for Relations with the United States.

Previously, Hübner served as Poland’s minister for European affairs, headed the office of the Committee for European Integration, and was secretary of state for Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2000 to 2001, she was undersecretary-general of the UN and executive secretary at the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. In 1992, the president of Poland awarded her the scientific title of professor of economics. Hübner has a PhD from the Warsaw School of Economics.