Minister Marcin Korolec, President of COP19/CMP9

Quote: “We need to be prepared for nine billion people on this planet, as we all deserve a decent and secure life. By being creative, the world can reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs, promoting economic growth and ensuring better living standards.  Where there is a will, there is a way!”


Marcin Korolec, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Poland. Lawyer, career civil servant and negotiator. He strives to balance the needs of ecology and economy in order to harmoniously unite environmental protection and economic growth. He sees environmental protection as an interdisciplinary field, having a direct influence on many other policy areas and strongly influenced by international arrangements and standards.

For the past two governmental terms of office he served as the Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy. His responsibilities focused on horizontal European issues (competitiveness, trade, energy and climate).

He draws inspiration for his professional public service from the French model. He has completed his studies at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration in Paris, having previously graduated from the University of Warsaw, studying first at the Faculty of History and then at the Faculty of Law and Administration.

His professional career has been devoted to the process of accession and membership of Poland in the European Union. A long-term member of the team of Mr Jan Kułakowski, Chief Negotiator for Poland's Negotiations for the Membership in the EU. As a member of Mr Kułakowski’s team he was responsible for such areas of negotiations as free movement of goods, free movement of persons, agriculture, competition policy, as well as consumer protection policy. In 2001-2004, at the Office of the Committee for European Integration in the cabinet of Minister Danuta Hübner – conducting direct preparations for Poland's accession to the EU.

His experience in European affairs includes also working on implementation of European legislation into the Polish law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a private sector consultant on European funds.

He is involved in managing institutions dealing with climate policy and environmental protection, both Polish and international. Member of the UNIDO Green Industry Platform Advisory Board. Former member of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the EU-Russia Gas Council and the Supervisory Board of the Polish National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Author of scientific publications about Polish accession negotiations and an academic lecturer.

Fluent in English and French. He is 43 and married to Olga Korolec. Father of four. His hobbies include long-distance running and skiing.