The structure of ZUS

The Social Insurance Institution is governed by its President, who chairs the Management Board composed of 2–4 members. The President of ZUS is appointed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the minister in charge of social security issues, from among persons selected by means of an open, transparent and competitive recruitment process. The President of ZUS is dismissed by the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the minister in charge of social security issues. ZUS Management Board members are appointed and dismissed by the ZUS Supervisory Board on the recommendation of the President of ZUS.

The Supervisory Board is a consultative and decision-making body. It is appointed by the Prime Minister for five years on a tripartite basis, which means that the Supervisory Board members are delegated by social partners acting in the Tripartite Commission for Socio-Economic Issues – they are representatives of trade unions, employers organisations and the government.1 In addition, the Board also includes a pensioner organisation representative. This means that the number of Board members depends on the number of representative (nation-wide) employer and employee organisations in existence at a given time. The exact number of Board members is twelve.

ZUS tasks are performed by:

  • Headquarters,
  • 43 branches,
  • 212 inspectorates,
  • 70 local offices.