PhD in Sociology. Lecturer, expert, politician and social activist. Former mayor and president of one of the Polish regions, active in many European local and regional government organisations. Regional policy and urban development expert.
Member of the European Parliament since 2004. Currently Vice Chairman of the EPP Group. Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Budgets (standing co-rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework) and substitute member of the Regional Development Committee. President of the European Parliament's URBAN Intergroup (2009-2019).