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  • 12 March 2019

    Exactly 20 years ago, on 12 March 1999, in Independence, Missouri, the then foreign minister of Poland Bronisław Geremek handed over to the US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright the protocol of Poland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On the same day, the flag of Poland was raised in front of NATO Headquarters in Brussels, alongside the flags of Hungary and the Czech Republic, which entered NATO at that time.


    The 20th anniversary of Poland's membership in the Alliance has been celebrated as part of #NATOWeek, featuring many events.


    On March 4, at the training ground in Żagań, the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda met with the soldiers of the 11th Lubuska Armored Cavalry Division and the US Armored Brigade Battle Group. The President stressed the importance of transatlantic relations and Polish-US cooperation within NATO. On March 6, at the Orzysz range, in the company of soldiers of the 15th Mechanized Brigade and the multinational NATO battalion battle group, the President recalled that strengthening the eastern flank by NATO forces was one of the most important achievements of the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw. On 7 March the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, paid an official visit to Poland. SG met with President Duda and the Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki. "We are extremely grateful for the contribution that Poland brings to NATO every day," said SG in his speech at the PISM-GMF conference. Just before the visit, an annual briefing of the managerial cadre of the Ministry of National Defense and the Polish Armed Forces had taken place, for the first time in the Presidential Palace. On March 10, anniversary celebrations took place at the HQ of the 1st Armored Brigade near Warsaw, with prime ministers and ministers of defense of the V4 countries. "There is no other such force in the global security architecture as the North Atlantic Alliance, and all NATO Allies have a sense of shared responsibility for the security of the entire Euro-Atlantic Community," said Prime Minister Morawiecki. On March 11, President Duda paid a visit to the Headquarters of the Multinational Corps North-East in Szczecin and on March 12 he celebrated the anniversary of NATO accession in Prague, together with the Presidents of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

    To commemorate the 20th anniversary, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Poland to NATO has launched 20 infographics on twitter @PLinNATO illustrating the contribution of Poland to NATO and the importance of the Alliance for the Polish security policy. Below are the infographics released to-date. We encourage you to disseminate this information.