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  • 2010.09.08

    Admiral James Stavridis in FOB Ghazni


    You are doing a great job here - said Supreme Allied Commander Europe Admiral James Stavridis who visited Polish soldiers in FOB Ghazni on Tuesday, 7 September.

    Admiral Stavridis was accompanied by Polish Permanent Representative to NATO Bogusław Winid. The guests met the commander of Polish Task Force BrigGen Andrzej Przekwas who presented tasks performed by Polish soldiers and informed them about the security situation in Ghazni province.

    Admiral Stavridis and Bogusław Winid talked with BrigGen Przekwas about coming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan and tasks of coalition forces connected with that. "The main task for White Eagle now is preparation for elections and maintaining security during them" - said Admiral James Stavridis. He stressed the role of Polish Task Force in training Afghan armed forces and police. "I am also really impressed by the job of Polish specialists from PRT" - added Admiral Stavridis. He also expressed recognition for Polish and American soldiers serving together in Ghazni.

    Polish Representative to NATO Bogusław Winid emphasized that the fact that Admiral Stavridis visited Ghazni base proves how high Polish soldiers are assessed by the highest NATO commanders.





    Text: Artur Weber (Polish Military Contingent Afghanistan)

    Pictures: 1 and 2 - Artur Weber (Polish Military Contingent Afghanistan), 3 and 4 Warrant Officer. Sebastian Kelm (SHAPE)


    Report of the Group of Experts

    On the 17th of May, the North Atlantic Council held a meeting with the Group of Experts. The members of the group, among which Professor Adam Daniel Rotfeld, presented a report summing up the result of their work. This document will be the basis for furhter works on the new NATO Strategic Concept.




    Text of the report

    Additional info on NATO website


    Servicemen form Szczecin's MNCNE in Afghanistan 

    On 2 February 2010, about 70 Multinational NortheastCorps' (MNC NE) personnel set from the airport in Goleniów heading for Kabul. Almost nine hours later, the C-17 aircraft successfully landed in Afghanistan.  In the next couple of days, another 60 servicemen are going to deploy to Afghanistan. About 130 MNC NE officers and non-commissioned officers will spend approximately 6 months serving in Kabul. Most of them are assuming posts at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command of a tactical level, which is superior to Regional Commands. Thus they will have a direct influence upon the conduct of the operation in Afghanistan. The MNC NE personnel are assigned to different branches and cells across the ISAF Joint Command. MNC NE Chief of Staff Brigadier General Josef Heinrichs has been appointed the highest post as Chief of Logistics. Some MNC NE personnel are to serve at the operational ISAF Headquarters, too.



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    Dinner in the honour of Mr Robert Pszczel

    On the 23rd of November 2010, ambassador Bogusław Winid hosted a dinner in the honour of Mr Rober Pszczel, newly appointed Director of the NATO Information Office in Moscow. The discussions focused on the NATO-Russia relations.





    Ceremony in the honour of Polish aviators 

    On the 1st of November 2010 Ambassador Bogusław Winid, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to NATO,  paid his visit to the British War Cemetery in Heverlee, to celebrate the memory of polish aviators who died during the second World War.During a short ceremony Ambassador Winid, together with a delegation from the Polish Permanent Delegation to NATO, lighted candles on the graves of eleven polish aviators and laid a wreath in front of the main obelisk, which commemorate all soldiers buried on Cemetery in Heverlee.The symbolic candle also flared up in front of an unknown soldier grave, who died during the second World War. The ceremony has ended with a registration to the Memory Book of the Cemetery. At British War Cemetery in Heverlee there laid 11 polish aviators. These are two bomber's crew shot down during the second World War over the Belgium. The first crew, aviators from Wellington IC (X9764) from the 304-th bomb squadron " Ziemi Śląskiej". They have been shot down by a german fighter over the city of Geetbetz, on their way to Kolonia. (P/O Osadziński, P/O Ziemiański, F/Lt Natkański, LAC. Grajnert, P/O Assmann and LAC Babraj). The second crew belonged to 305-th bomb squadron "Ziemi Wielkopolskiej". In Wellington IV SM-K (Z1281) died F/O Turski, Cpl Korepta, P/O Klocek, Sgt Poniatowski and Cpl Górny -also shot down by a german fighter, during an air raid to Saarbrücken.





    President Bronisław Komorowski visits the NATO HQ

    On the 1st of September President Bronisław Komorowski, as a part of his visit in Brussels, met NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The meeting  was an occasion to discuss the most important issues from the North Atlantic Council agenda (i.a. involvment of the Alliance in the operation in Afghanistan, the new NATO Strategic Concept, preparations to the nearest NATO Summit in Lisbon). The President was accompanied i.a. by the Permanent Representative to NATO Ambassador Bogusław Winid and vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Najder. After the meeting, there was a short, common Press Conference of President Komorowski and Secretary General.

    Brussels' visit is the first foreign trip of President Komorowski. It includes i.a. meetings with the President of European Parliament, President of the European Commission, polish representatives to European Union and a visit at NATO HQ.




    Press conference on NATO Channel TV

    Text:LTC W. Kaliszczak

    Pictures: CWO K. Garsztka


    Presidential plane crash

    It is with the deepest sense of grief that we learned, in the morning hours of April 10th 2010, about one of the most terrible tragedies in the history of Poland. On the way to the commemoration ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyń Massacre the President of the Republic of Poland Lech Kaczyński was killed in a plane crash along with the First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, many senior state officials, members of the Polish delegation and the plane crew. A week of national mourning was declared by the Speaker of the Sejm Bronisław Komorowski.




    We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to friends and families of the victims.



    List of the victims


    Ceremony at the War Cemetery in Adegem

    A solemn commemoration of soldiers killed in fights for liberty of the localities near the Ghent Canal of Autumn 1944 took place on September 12th, 2010 at the Canadian War Cemetery in Adegem-Maldegem. The Polish delegation, lead by the Ambassador Bogusław Winid, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to NATO, laid a wreath on graves of 1.119 Polish, Canadian and British soldiers buried at the cemetery (additionnal informations).

    From among 33 Poles, who rest in peace there, 10 of them fought in the frame of 1st Armoured Division commanded by general Stanisław Maczek, in the area of a nearby Aaltere and Lootenhulle. Another 21 of them were killed in the battle of Axel of September 16th-19th, 1944 (the majority of them had served in 3rd Infantry Brigade). There are also remains of two Polish pilots at the cemetery, whose planes had been shot down over Belgium in 1941 and 1944.

    The ceremonies were organized by local authorities. Events were accompanied by Polish, Canadian and British officials, as well as veterans and representatives of Polish, Canadian and British societies living in Belgium. As a part of the commemoration, the delegation paid also a visit to the Polish-Canadian Military Museum. Its founder, Gilbert van Landschoot was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, on behalf of the Polish President, as well as a Commemorative Medal of the Polish Military Museum.




    Additionnal pictures

    Text: M. Kawałowski

    Pictures: C.W.O. K. Garsztka


    Ceremony in the honour of general Franciszek Gągor

    On the 10th of June, 2010, during the meeting of NATO Defense ministers, in the Alliance's HQ, on the initative of ambassador Bogusław Winid, was held a ceremony of unveiling the portrait of general Franciszek Gągor, former Chief of General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, tragically deceased in the air crash of the presidential plane on the 10th of April 2010 near Smolensk. The portrait was unveiled by the Polish Minister of National Defense, Bogdan Klich, the chairman of the Millitary Committee, admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, and Mrs. Lucyna Gągor, the widow of general Gągor, together with his daughter. The ceremony was also attended by US Secretary of Defense, the ministers of defense of Canada and Lithuania, as well as many Chiefs of Staffs of NATO countries.




    Pictures: K. Garsztka

    Additional pictures on NATO website






    Informal meeting of NATO defence ministers

    On the 4th and 5th of February, Mr Bogdan Klich, Minister of National Defence, took part in the informal meeting of NATO Defence Ministers in Istanbul. The minister was accompanied by the chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces general Franciszek Gagor, the Permanent Representative of Poland to NATO ambassador Bogusław Winid, Polish Military Representative to the Military Committees of NATO and EU Lt. General Mieczysław Bieniek and the adviser of the minister Lt. General Mieczysław Cieniuch. The main topices of the meeting were the operation in Afghanistan, NATO Response Forces and NATO ressources.




    Additional info on NATO website

    Pictures from NATO website



    National Day celebrations

    The celebrations of the Polish Independence Day took place in the NATO HQ on the 10th of November. This year's celebrations were dedicated to the promotion of the city of Poznań, the 31st Air Base in Poznań-Krzesiny, as well as of the Land Forces Training Centre (CSWLąd). Particular attention was given to the support of the NATO Security Investment Program (NSIP) for  the expansion and modernization of the 31st Air Base.This aspect has been presented in a photo exhibition prepared by the Polish Delegation.     

    The commander of the 31st Air Base, col. Cezary Wiśniewski, the head of the education unit of the CSWLąd, lt.col. Andrzej Szymanowski, representatives of the City of Poznań, as well as MEPs form Poznań, honored the celebrations with their presence.

    The celebrations, attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, the International Secretariat and the International Military Staff, were officially started by ambasador Bogusław Winid, thereafter spoke ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, Deputy Secretary General.

    The artistic part of the celebration was led by an orchestra form the city of Geetbets (Flemish Brabant, eastern Belgium). The city of Geetbets is In close cooperation with the Delegation with regard to the protection of the Polish memory signs located in this city.




    Pictures: CWO Krzysztof Garsztka


    Minister Włosowicz in Brussels and Mons

    Undersecretary of state for defence policy Zbigniew Włosowicz paid an official visit to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels as well as Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe (SHAPE) in Mons on November 4-5, 2010. The visit embraced on consultations with the high-rank officials from both of civilian and military authorities of the Alliance. Meetings with Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero, chairman of NATO Military Committee admiral Giampaolo di Paola and assistant Secretary General for defence policy and planning Hüseyin Diriöz took place during the first working visit of minister Włosowicz in NATO HQ. Consultations focused on current issues on the agenda of the Alliance, particularly concerning preparations for the Lisbon summit in November and new Strategic Concept. Furthermore, there was a meeting i.a. with general Manfred Lange, ACO chief  of staff in Mons. During his visit minister Włosowicz held also a set of meetings with Polish management and personnel within Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to NATO, Polish Military Delegation to NATO and EU Military Committees as well as National Military Delegation to SHAPE.




    Pictures: CWO Krzysztof Garsztka


    Extraordinary session of the North Atlantic Council

    On the 12th of April the North Atlantic Council held and extraordinary session to commemorate the memory of the victims of the Presidential plane crash.

    Speach of NATO Secretary General

    Speach of the Dean of the Council, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Denmark, ambassador Per Poulsen-Hansen

    Speach of ambassador Bogusław Winid

    Record of the meeting on the website of NATO Channel TV




    Pictures: C.W.O. Krzysztof Garsztka


    Opening of the exhibition on the Polish engagement in Afghanistan

    On the 14th of September, 2010, ambasador Bogusław Winid, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to NATO, together with admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, chairman of NATO Military Committee, officialy inaugurated an exhibition on the engagement of the Republic of Poland. This event was also attended by NATO Deputy Secretary-General, Claudio Bisogniero, ambassadors and military representatives of the Alliance's countries, as well as representatives of the International Secretariat and International Military Staff. 

    The exhibition, imagined by ambassador Bugusław Winid, is aimed at presenting the overall of military and civilian aspects of the Polish engagement in the operation in Afghanistan. Its main topic are the civil-military cooperation (CIMIC), the achievements of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) and the equipment of the Polish Military Contingent.






    Booklet of the exhibition

    Pictures: CWO Krzysztof Garsztka


    Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers

    On 10th-11th June Minister of National Defence Bogdan Klich participated in the NATO Ministers of Defence meeting held in NATO HQ in Brussels. The minister was accompanied by the Permanent Representative to NATO ambassador Bogusław Winid, the chief of the General Staff LtGen. Mieczysław Cieniuch and the Military Representative to NATO and EU Millitary Committees LtGen. Mieczysław Bieniek.

    The two days session started with a meeting of the North Atlantic Council during which ministers discussed the issues of: NATO resources and budgeting, the Alliance military capabilities and NATO-EU relations. After the first session the portrait of the late general Franciszek Gągor was unveiled in the presence of the widow and the daughter of the General, as well as many ministers of defence. The first day session continued with a working lunch, during which ministers discussed the involvment of the Alliance in the operation in Kosovo, a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, and anothe session of the North Atlantic Council.

    During the second day the minister participated in a session of the NATO-Georgia Commission and in a meeting of nations countributing to the ISAF operation. Finally he had a meeting  with the ministers of defence of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.   





    Pictures: K. Garsztka

    Declaration of the ministers

    Additionnal information on NATO website


    General Bieniek decorated with the Spanish Grand Cross of Military Merit

    On the 8th of February 2010, Lieutenant General Mieczysław Bieniek, Polish Military Representative to the Military Committees of NATO and the EU, has been decorated with the Spanish Grand Cross of Military Merit.




    Photos: CWO K. Garsztka





    Solemn mass in honor of Polish aviators

    On the 11th of November 2010, ambassador Bogusław Winid took part in a solemn mass organized on the Polish National Day in the Flemish city of Geetbets. The ambassador was accompanied by colonel Cezary Wiśniewski, commander of 31st Air Base, as well as by personnel from the Polish Delegation to NATO.The mass, concelebrated by priest colonel Henryk Polak, was organized in the honor of the Belgian soldiers fighting during the I and II World War, as well as in the honor of Polish aviators from the 301st and 304th RAF Squadrons shoot down near Geetbets.





    Meeting of NATO foreign ministers

    NATO Foreign Ministers attend an informal meeting in Tallinn on 22-23 April 2010. The Polish delegation was headed by Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski. Ministers discusses, among other things, NATO's relations with Russia, partnerships, and the new Strategic Concept. Ministers also considered issues surrounding missile defence, nuclear policy and NATO's reforms. The agenda included also Ministers meeting with the Afghan authorities and representatives of NATO non-member countries participating in the Afghanistan operation.




    Additional info on NATO website

    Pictures from the website of NATO and Polish MFA


    Inauguration of the exhibition on Polish engagment in Afghanistan in the European Parliament

    On the 28th of September 2010, in the European Parliament in Brussels, the exhibition on the engagement of the Republic of Poland in the operation in Afghanistan was officially inaugurated by Mr Tadeusz Zwiefka MEP,  Mr Paweł Zalewski MEP, Ambassador Bogusław Winid, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to NATO, and Mr Mohammed Yahya Masoud, deputy chief of mission, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Kingdom of Belgium.

    This event was also attended by Vygaudas Usackas, Ambassador of the European Union in Afghanistan, Arnaud Danjean, chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament, as well as by many MEPs and employees if the European Parliament.

    The exhibition, imagined by Ambassador Bogusław Winid, is aimed at presenting the overall military and civilian aspects of the Polish engagement in the operation in Afghanistan. Its main topic are the civil-military cooperation (CIMIC), the achievements of the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and the Polish Military Contingent.  





    Booklet of the exhibition

    Pictures: Joanna Bekker (EPP-PE)


    NATO contest winners visit the HQ

    On Monday the 22nd of February 2010, a group of polish secondary school students - winners of a national contest on knowledge about NATO, as part of their prize, visited the organisation's headquarters and met with its representatives. Among others, from the Polish Delegation to NATO, they met Mr. Adam Bugajski the Deputy Permanent Representative and Brigadier General Zdzisław Antczak the Deputy Military Representative. While the former introduced them to the functioning of the delegation, its role within the organisation, pointed out polish security priorities and explained the essence of current negotiations within the Alliance, the latter discussed the military aspects of Polish involvement in NATO operations and missions. The outstanding performance of the students was additionally rewarded with special gifts from the Polish Delegation.    





    NATO Parliamentary Assembly Session

    The 56th session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly took place on the 12-16 November in Warsaw. The session brought together more than 280 parlamentarians form NATO countries, as well as partners countries, and observers.

    On the 13th November, during the meeting of the Political Committee which was inaugurationg the official part of the session, ambassador Bogusław Winid adressed the Committee on current agenda of NATO, as well as on the last prepartions for the Lisbon Summit.




    Additionnal informations on NATO PA website

    Pictures: NATO PA website




    „Ceremony commemorating the escape of the submarine ORP Orzeł"

    On the margins of the informal meeting of NATO Foreign ministers in Tallinn (22-23 April 2010) minister Radosław Sikorski took part in a ceremony commemorating the escape of the submarine ORP Orzeł from the Tallinn's harbor on the 18th of September, 1939. During the ceremony organized on the initiative of the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to NATO and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, minister Radosław Sikorski laid flowers on a commemorative plaque and lay a wreath at sea, during a cruise on an Estonian Navy' vessel, commemorating the exploit of the sailors from the interned ORP Orzeł. At the end of the ceremony, the commander of the Estonian Navy, Capt(N) Igor Schvede handled in to minister Sikorski models of torpedoes, which were dismantled form ORP Orzeł in 1939.    




    Pictures: Piotr Paszkowski

    Estonanian TV coverage


    Meeting with Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski

    On the 21st of January, Ambassador Bogusław Winid organised a meeting with  Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski - the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, who is also the former head of the National Defence Committee of the Parliament. Minister Zdrojewski was briefed on developments concerning the most important issues on NATO's agenda.




    Photo: C.W.O. Krzysztof Garsztka


    General Bieniek assumes duties as Deputy SACT

    On the 29th of September 2010 Lieutenant-General Mieczyslaw Bieniek assumed his duties as Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. The ceremony took place in HQ SACT in Norfolk (USA) with the presence of Mr Bogdan Klich, Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Poland.





    Additional informations:

    Website of ACT

    Pictures from the website of ACT


    Visit of members of National Defence commission of the Parliament

    On March 9-10, nine Members of the National Defence Commission of the Polish Parliament visited the NATO HQ in Brussels and the AWACS Base in Geilenkirchen (Germany). The event was hosted by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and co-organized by the Polish Delegation to NATO. On March 9, parliamentarians participated in several briefings provided by high NATO officials (inc. Deputy Secretary General, ambassador C. Bisognero). The meetings covered main issues from the current Alliance's agenda, with the special focus on the preparations of the New Strategic Concept and NATO-led operations and transformation. The parliamentarians' visit to NATO HQ was an opportunity to meet the leadership of the Polish Delegation to NATO and to discuss the main aspects of ongoing works. On March 10, parliamentarians visited the AWACS Base in Geilenkirchen, where they met with high representatives of the Base's command as well as with Polish officers and staff.




    pictures: CWO K. Garsztka



    May-3rd-Constitution-Day in Brussels

    On May 2, 2010, on the occasion of the May-3rd-Constitution-Day, ambassador Boguslaw Winid, the Permanent Representative of Poland to the NATO, Sławomir Czarlewski, ambassador of Poland in the Kingdom of Belgium, ambassador Jan Tombiński, Permanent Representative of Poland to the EU and general Mieczyslaw Bieniek, the Representative of Poland to the NATO and EU Military Committees laid flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels.


    Pictures:CWO K. Garsztka






    Meeting of NATO Military Committee

    On the 26th and 27th of January in the NATO HQ was held a meeting of NATO Military Committe in Chiefs of Defence session. On the sidelines of the Military Committee meeting, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, General Franciszek Gągor met with the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, General Nikolai Makarov. The main topic of their discussion was the current relationship between the Polish and Russian armed forces.




    Additional info on NATO website


    NATO summit in Lisbon

    On the 19-20 November 2010 a NATO summit took place in Lisbon. The Polish delegation, led by the President of the Republic of Poland Bronisław Komorowski, was composed minister Radosław Sikorski, minister Bogdan Klich and ambasador Bogusław Winid. The progamme of the summit included meetings of the North Atlantic Council, NATO-Russia Council and working meetings of foreign and defence ministers. A meeting of nations participating in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan also took place.

    During the summit NATO heads of state and governments adopted the new Strategic Concept of the Alliance. They also adpoted documents on the cooperation of the ISAF mission with the authorities of Afghanistan, partnership with Afghanistan, as well as other internal documents, i.a. on missile defence. During the summit, heads of state and governments also discussed the reform of NATO structures and the partnerships policy. During the NRC meeting the main topic of discussion was the development of the cooperation between NATO and Russia, also in new areas such as cyber terrorism and piracy.

    At the end of the first day of the summit minister Sikorski and minister Klich opened an exhibition on the Polish engagement in Afghanistan. The exhibition, imagined by ambassador Bugusław Winid, is aimed at presenting the overall of military and civilian aspects of the Polish engagement in the operation in Afghanistan. Its main topic are the civil-military cooperation (CIMIC), the achievements of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) and the equipment of the Polish Military Contingent.





    New Strategic Concept

    Lisbon Summit Declaration

    NATO-Russia Council Joint Statement

    Additionnal information on NATO website




    Foreign and Defence Ministers meeting in NATO HQ

    On the 14th of October 2010 a joint session of NATO Foreign and Defence Ministers took place in NATO HQ. The meeting was a part of the preparations for the November NATO Summit in Lisbon. The meeting focused on NATO's new Strategic Concept,  the reform of the command structure, NATO-EU and NATO-Russia relations, as well as on issues concerning the future shape of NATO's missile defence system.





    Additionnal informations on NATO website

    Pictures 1,3,4 and 6: Krzysztof Garsztka

    Pictures 2 and 5 : NATO website


    Visit of NATO Secretary General

    On the 12 th of March 2010, on the invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Radosław Sikorski, NATO Secretary General Mr Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Poland. The progam included plenary talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Radosław Sikorski and the Minister of National Defence Mr Bogdan Klich as well as a meeting with the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Lech Kaczyński. The main topics of the discussions concerned the new NATO's Strategic Concept in the context of the preparations for the Lisbon Summit, NATO-Russia relations, the operation in Afghanistan and NATO reforms. The Secretary General also paid a visit to the NATO Joint Force Trainning Centre in Bydgoszcz and participated to a debate on the new Strategic Concept organized in the Royal Castle in Warsaw by the Centre for International Relations and the Ministry of National Defence.





    Additional info:

    Adress of the Secretary General

    NATO website

    pictures from the websites of NATO, MOD and MFA


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