Former Prime Minister loses election for EU post

Beata Szydło, who served as the Polish Prime Minister in 2015-2017, lost the election for chairman of a European Parliament commission.

The former Prime Minister ran for the position of chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

Her candidacy was supported by 19 MEPs while 34 opposed. Two MEPs abstained from the vote. On the request of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats faction, the vote was secret.

This was the second vote on the matter. The previous one, held on Wednesday, was also lost by Szydło.

She was nominated by the European Conservatives and Reformists faction.

Szydło was elected to the European Parliament in the May 2019 elections, running from the ruling Law and Justice party list. She served as Prime Minister in 2015-2017, supported by the same party.