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Wojciech Zdanowicz appointed as the chairman of EMSA
Date of publication: 30.12.2023

During the session of the Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) on November 14th and 15th, 2023, elections were held for a new chairman. Members of the EMSA Board, including representatives from EU member states, Iceland, Norway, and the European Commission, elected Wojciech Zdanowicz, the director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin, to this position. He will replace the current chairman, Andreas Nordseth, from the Danish maritime administration.

The Polish representative assumed the position on December 5th and will hold it for three years. While this position is more honorary, it also emphasizes the importance of the maritime administration of the representative's country. EMSA members meet three times a year, twice at the Lisbon headquarters and once remotely via video conference. Wojciech Zdanowicz is the fourth person elected.

It is worth noting that during the 62nd session of the Council, held on November 17th-18th, 2021, Wojciech Zdanowicz also represented Poland. In the last session, he was unanimously elected by EMSA Board members (representatives from EU member states, Iceland, Norway, and the EC) to the position of deputy chairman.

Wojciech Zdanowicz graduated from the Maritime University in Szczecin and Liverpool John Moores University, obtaining a master's and bachelor's degree in maritime navigation and rescue. In 2006, he received a deck officer's diploma, and a year later, he began working in maritime administration, holding various positions including at the European Maritime Safety Agency. He was involved in maritime safety issues, including coordinating and participating in the preparation of international, European, and national regulations, as well as their practical implementation in Poland. He was responsible for monitoring, inspections, and audits of maritime administration activities, recognized organizations, and ports in terms of maritime safety and security. Additionally, he held various positions in national maritime administration, including as chief expert in maritime safety, deputy director of the maritime economy department at the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation, and advisor to the minister for maritime security. Since July 1st, 2017, he has been the director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin.

The Administrative Board of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) oversees the agency's actions and its management, and also approves the Work Programme document concerning the agency's operation for the next three years, its budget, and action plan. The Board also reviews and evaluates the agency's annual activity reports, particularly in terms of budget execution compliance with efficiency and performance principles. At the end of 2019, the Board adopted the EMSA Five-Year Strategy for 2020-2024, setting out key directions for the development of the European maritime sector, including in the context of global climate change and the potential of leveraging modern technological advancements.

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