The Civic Platform was founded on 19 January  2001 by Maciej Płażyński from AWS (Solidarity Electoral Action) and Donald Tusk and Andrzej Olechowski from UW (Freedom Union). Several days later January 24 the first congress of the new party was held in Gdańsk.
In the parliamentary elections held on September  23 2001 the Civic Platform scored 12,6% of the vote and got 65 seats in the  Diet, lower house of Polish Parliament. It became the largest parliamentary opposition group competing the then-governing coalition The Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union.




1st  June   Donald Tusk elected leader of the Civic Platform.



1st  May  Poland joined European Union. The Civic Platform was a leading party supporting the access and voting “YES” in a referendum.
13th June   The Civic Platform won the first elections to the European Parliamentand. It scored  24 per cent of the votes. Two Members of the EP from Poland: Jacek Saryusz-Wolski  and Janusz Lewandowski have been elected vicepresident of the EP and chairman of it’s Budget Committee respectively.



15th March Lech Walesa declared the Civic Platform could rely on his support. He also endorsed Donald Tusk’s candidature in the presidential elections. The Civic Platform “is a responsible and reasonable force. /…/ That’s why I support it strongly. I like brave people”, said Walesa.
23rd  October  Donald Tusk scored 45,96% of the votes in the second round of presidential elections.
25th October  The Civic Platform scored 24,14% of the votes and got 133 seats in the parliamentary elections for Sejm, the Lower House of the Parliament.




31st March   MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski  from the Civic Platform elected for the vice president of the European People’s Party.
21st June   Donald Tusk won the Civic Platform leadership election.
12nd November   The Civic Platform victorious in the local elections. One of the Civic Platform’s leading figures, former central banker  chief Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz elected for the Mayor of




21st October  The Civic Platform won general elections. It scored 41,51% of the votes and  got 209 seats in Sejm (Lower House of the Polish Parliament) and 60 in Senate (Upper House of the Polish parliament).
23rd November  The Civic Platform formed coalition cabinet with the Polish Peasant’s Party. Donald Tusk appointed for the Prime Minister.




14the July  MEP Jerzy Buzek from the Civic Platform elected for the President of the European Parliament. He’s the first politician from the former communist, new EU member states to achieve this post.



10the April  President’s Lech Kaczyński plane crash in Smoleńsk (Western Russia). President of Poland Lech Kaczyński, First Lady and 94 people from Polish delegation, going to commemorate  Katyń anniversary, died in the crash. Among the victims of this tragic accident: senator from the Civic Platform and deputy speaker of the Senate Krystyna Bochenek and four members of parliament from the party: Grzegorz Dolniak, Sebastian Karpiniuk, Arkadiusz Rybicki and co-founder of the party Maciej Płażyńki.
26th  June  Donald Tusk reelected as leader of the Civic Platform.
4th July  Bronisław Komorowski,  the Civic Platform candidate in the presidential election, won the race to the presidential palace.
21st November  The Civic Platform won the local government elections. Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz re-elected as mayor of Warsaw.




9th  October  The Civic Platform came top in the parliamentary elections. It scored 38,18% of the votes and got 207 seats in the Sejm and 63 of the 100 seats in the Senate. It was the first Polish political party ever to be reelected to power.



29th June  The ruling Civic Platform Annual Convention decided to change the rules of party’s chairman elections: from now on all the members of the party would be able to vote for the party chairman either via correspondence or in online voting.
23rd August  PM Donald Tusk reappointed Civic Platform Chairman. He scored 79,6% of Civic Platform members’ votes.