The 13th-century Gothic tower in the Grand Square is the only remnant of
Krakow's medieval town hall.
Krakow’s Local Government
Poland has three-tier local
government: province ‘wojewodztwo’, county ‘powiat’,
and commune ‘gmina’; each level with its own
representative council and an executive.
Krakow is the capital of the
Malopolska wojewodztwo, one of the most prominent
provinces among the country’s sixteen.
As in the case of other major Polish cities, Krakow’s local
government is county and commune rolled into one
municipality. The legislative City Council consists of 43
members chosen in popular ballot by way of proportional
representation. The executive power lies with mayor (called
‘prezydent’) elected by citizens in a two-tier majority
vote. Both the city council and the mayor serve four-year
The city's current powers
In 2002 Krakow's citizens chose Professor Jacek Majchrowski
as their first mayor ever voted in by popular ballot. In
November 2006, in December 2010, and in November 2014 they
elected him for his second, third, and fourth term in the office respectively.
Two Poland's biggest political parties passed the
five-percent threshold in the latest local election in
Krakow on November 16th, 2014 and have got representatives
in the City Council. The right-wing Law and Justice (Prawo i
Sprawiedliwosc, PiS) won the plurality of 19 seats while its
arch-rival, the centrist Civic Platform (Platforma
Obywatelska, PO), claimed 18 councilors. The remaining
six seats have gone to the independent ticket formed by
the incumbent mayor Jacek Majchrowski.
The Krakow municipality has its headquarters in the city's
Old Town historic district, in the 16th-century Renaissance
Wielopolskich Palace, adjoining the basilica of St. Francis'.
Office address of the City President (mayor) as
well as the City Council is: 3/4 Wszystkich Swietych Pl.
Postal address: Urzad Miasta Krakowa, Pl. Wszystkich
Swietych 3/4, 31-004 Krakow, Poland.
Telephone number of the mayor's office is (+48)
126161398 and (+48) 126161350.
Mayor's email address is
Politics in Krakow
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