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Danuta Hübner

Danuta Hübner

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee for Regional Development in the European Parliament.

Danuta Hübner, Poland's first-ever European Commissioner, is one of her country's foremost economists and policymakers and has played a key role in the enlargement of the EU. Since July 2009, Ms. Hübner has been a Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Regional Development.

In May 2004, Ms. Hübner became a member of Romano Prodi’s European Commission and from November 2004 to 2009 she was Commissioner with the regional policy portfolio. Before that, her roles in Poland’s Government included Minister for European Affairs, Head of Office of the Committee for European Integration and Secretary of State for Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister Head of the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland. In 2000-2001, she was United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva.

Ms. Hübner studied at the Warsaw School of Economics where she gained an MSc (1971) and a PhD (1974). From 1988-1990, Ms. Hübner was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1992, she was given the scientific title of ‘Professor of Economics’ by the President of the Republic of Poland. She has been awarded with five doctorates honoris causa by European universities.