Andrzej Celiński

Andrzej Bohdan Celiński ( born February 26, 1950 in Warsaw) is a Polish politician, Senator in the First and Second legislature and member of the Sejm in the II, IV and VI. Legislature, former culture minister and activist of the democratic opposition.

Training and oppositional activity

He attended the VI. General educational Lyceum Tadeusz Rejtan in Warsaw and got a degree at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warsaw. As an instructor for Scouting, he worked closely with Antoni Macierewicz and Piotr NAIMSKI. He was a member of the Komitet Obrony Robotników ( Committee for the Defense of Workers KOR ) ​​and the Solidarity trade union. During the state of war from 1981 to 1983, he was interned from December 13, 1981 to December 7, 1982.

Political activity during the Third Republic

In the years 1989-1990 he was a member of the Citizens' Committee "Solidarity" and took part in the deliberations of the Round Table. From 1989 to 1993 he was a Senator in the First and Second term, while first with the club Obywatelski Parlamentarny ( Parliamentary citizens fraction) connected later with the Unia Demokratyczna (Democratic Union - UD ). From 1993 to 1994 he was Deputy Chairman of the UD. Using the list of this party (and later the Unia Wolności ( Freedom Union - UW) ), he was elected to the Sejm of the Second legislature.

In 1999 he entered the Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej ( Democratic Left Alliance - SLD) a, which he later became Deputy Chairman. Using the list of the SLD, he was for the constituency Warsaw II elected in the 2001 parliamentary elections to the Sejm ( IV Term). From 19 October 2001 to July 6, 2002, he was Minister of Education in the Cabinet Leszek Miller. In 2004 and 2005 he sat for the SLD in the committee of inquiry to investigate the Orlen affair.

In March 2004, he left (including with Marek Borowski ) the SLD and co-founded the new party Socjaldemokracja Polska ( Polish Social Democracy - SDPL ). In 2005, he ran unsuccessfully on the list of SDPL for elected to the Sejm. In the 2006 local elections, he was elected to the Parliament of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. In the 2007 parliamentary elections, he was for the electoral district of Katowice with 20,338 votes on the list of Lewica i Demokraci ( Left and Democrats - LiD ) once again elected to the Sejm. He is a member of the Sejm Commission for Culture and the Media, by October 2008, he was Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Education, Science and Youth.

On 22 April 2008 he became a member of the newly formed group SDPL - Nowa Lewica. In early September, he resigned from the SDPL, but remained in the fraction.


On 23 September 2006, he was honored by President Lech Kaczyński with the Commander Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. However, he gave this award in October 2007, back when he compared the naming of his 88- year-old mother by the police as a witness for questioning in Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (Institute of National Remembrance - IPN) protested.