Poland's List of Central Bank Candidates Said to Near Completion

Poland’s ruling Law & Justice party is close to completing its list of candidates for the new Monetary Policy Council, with the line-up including former central bank officials and economy professors, according to two people familiar with the nomination process.

Eight members will be replaced by parliament and the president in January and February, while Governor Marek Belka’s term ends in June. All of them will be nominated by Law & Justice, which controls both houses of parliament, and its ally, President Andrzej Duda. The party said it will prefer candidates who advocate reducing interest rates as well as a more active central bank role in stimulating economic growth.

The following is a preliminary list of candidates being circulated by the party, which is still subject to changes, according to the people, who asked to remain unidentified to discuss private considerations.

  • Jerzy Zyzynski, a Law & Justice lawmaker. He has publicly confirmed his candidacy
  • Grazyna Ancyparowicz, a professor at the Katowice School of Economics. She has also confirmed her candidacy
  • Malgorzata Iwanicz-Drozdowska, a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics, who also sits on the supervisory board of Alior Bank. She was a failed Law & Justice nominee for the council six years ago
  • Agnieszka Alinska, an adviser at the central bank and Warsaw School of Economics professor
  • Malgorzata Zaleska, a member of the central bank’s management board in 2009-2015 and Warsaw School of Economics professor
  • Zbigniew Hockuba, a professor at the University of Warsaw, who serves as Poland’s representative to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and was a member of the central bank’s management board in 2007-2011
  • Lukasz Hardt, a professor at the University of Warsaw
  • Marek Chrzanowski, a professor at the Warsaw School of Economics
  • Jan Wojtyla, a professor at the University of Economics in Katowice
  • Michal Gabriel Wozniak, head of the applied economics department at the Cracow University of Economics
  • Eryk Lon, a professor at the Poznan University of Economics and Business
  • Elzbieta Ostrowska, a professor at the University of Gdansk
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