Former environment minister passes away

Polish President Andrzej Duda announced that professor Jan Szyszko, a former environment minister, died on Wednesday at the age of 75.

“Very sad, surprising news. Today before noon professor Jan Szyszko passed away. A scientist and a politician, but first of all a good and kind person, with a passion for nature, who I respected and was fond of. Fiat Voluntas Tua [thy will be done] RIP,” the president tweeted.

According to unofficial reports, the cause of death was a pulmonary embolism.

Mr Szyszko was a scholar at the Forest Faculty of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW). In 2001 he received the title of professor of forestry.

He started his political career in late 1980s, in the years 1997-1999, 2005-2007, and 2015-2018 he served as Environment Minister in cabinets lead by Jerzy Buzek, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz, Jarosław Kaczyński, Beata Szydło and Mateusz Morawiecki.

He had served in four consecutive parliamentary terms as the MP of Law and Justice (PiS), having been elected in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He was also on the PiS lists in the upcoming general elections.