European Parliament Member and Former Secretary of State Speaks on European Union Economy at Colorado State April 7

Colorado State University’s College of Business will host the former secretary of state of the Republic of Poland and current member of the European Parliament.

Marek Siwiec will present "Is the United Europe capable of keeping up with the United States?" from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 7 in the Lory Student Center Theatre on the Colorado State campus. His speech will focus on the current economic situation in the European Union and how it compares to that of the United States. The event is free and open to the public.

In 2004, Siwiec ran in the first election for the European Parliament in Poland, successfully winning a five-year term. Currently, he is responsible for the Ukrainian delegation. He also continues his membership on the National Security Council.

Siwiec graduated from the Department of Solid-State Physics at the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow in 1980 and the Post-Graduate Journalist Studies in Warsaw in 1988.

Siwiec became deputy of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland in 1991. During this time, he also served as a member of the Democratic Left Alliance Parliamentary Caucus, a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Culture and Media and for parliamentary friendship groups including Poland-Columbia and Poland-South Korea. He also was the editor-in-chief of the Trybuna Daily, and for some time, he served as press spokesman of the SLD Parliamentary Caucus.

In 1993, he became a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. From 1993-1996, he was a member of the National Broadcasting Council and in 1996 was secretary of state in the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland and served as the head of political strategy staff.

In 1997 and 2000, he was nominated to head the National Security Bureau.

Siwiec has served as a member of Colorado State’s College of Business Leadership Council since 2002.

For more information about the event, contact Linda Morita at (970) 491-1022 or