Jan Olbrycht has a PhD in Sociology and works as a lecturer, expert and politician. He is the former mayor and president of one of the Polish regions and active in many European local and regional government organizations. He is a regional policy and urban development expert. He has been a speaker at international conferences on urban related issues. Jan is a member of the European Parliament since 2004, Vice-Chairman of its Committee on Regional Development in the years 2004-2009. He has served as president of the European Parliament’s URBAN Intergroup from
He is currently a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Budgets (standing rapporteur on the Multiannual Financial Framework) and substitute member of the Regional Development Committee. He is co-chair of the European People’s Party working group on intercultural and religious dialogue.