The positions of Plenipotentiary on European Integration and the Regional Governor (Pełnomocnik Wojewody ds Europejskich) were established in Poland between 1996 and 1999 in all of Poland’s then 49 regions, or voivodeships (województwa). This step was taken in the wake of Poland’s 1994 application for membership in the European Union in order to prepare the Polish administration and society for the European integration and Poland’s eventual joining the EU (which took place in 2004). In early 1996, Regional Governor of the Opole Voivodeship (Wojewoda Opolski), Ryszard Zembaczyński , appointed Tomasz Kamusellaas the first-ever Plenipotentiary of this kind. 
- Jump up^ Integracja europejska a Śląsk Opolski [European Integration and Opole Silesia] (pp 6-12). 1997. Region Śląsk Opolski . No. 1. Opole, Poland: Ośrodek Informatyki WBD UW.