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.