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  • 28 September 2018

    On 27 September Ambassador Marek Ziółkowski, Permanent Representative of Poland to NATO delivered a presentation at a conference on „The new aspects of crisis management in the context of current threats,” which took place at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland in Warsaw, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Government Security Centre (RCB).

    The conference, attended by representatives of government institutions responsible for national security, was opened by minister Marek Suski who underlined that “the security of Polish citizens is an issue of critical importance to government policy. I thank the RCB staff for their service, which strengthens the security of Poland.” 

    The conference covered three topics. The first one concerned risk management. The participants discussed the changing strategic picture of crisis management, and highlighted new approaches to addressing critical incidents. The second topic for discussion were the ways and means of protecting critical infrastructure and key services. 

    In the third part of the conference, the participants discussed “Building national resilience in the event of a politico-military crisis,” including changes in managing national security in the context of current challenges. However, a lot of attention was devoted to the new challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance, and the role to be played by Poland. Jean-Dominique Dulière, head of the Crisis Response Systems and Exercises, emphasized the importance of the Allies building resilience when facing hybrid challenges. This is all the more important - as Poland’s Ambassador to NATO Marek Ziółkowski noted - for Poland, situated on the eastern flank of NATO, against the backdrop of a deteriorated international environment. One of the aspects of adaptation to the new challenges would be ensuring that institutions such as Poland’s RCB constitute a single, coherent mechanism as part of the system of national security.

    Poland’s Ambassador to NATO stressed that in recent years the Alliance had undertaken “political reflection,” prompted by events of 2014 – namely, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the on-going annexation of Crimea “as well as the occupation of Donbas.” Ambassador Ziółkowski assessed that these developments demonstrate that Europe has not been able to “ensure as strong a respect for international law as would deter any state from violating borders or illegally, even forcibly occupying another country’s territory – such has been the case in Georgia in 2008, or today in Ukraine.” He noted that Poland is particularly close to “a direct spectrum of Russia’s exercise of military force, through the Kaliningrad Oblast.” The Allies face intensified hybrid challenges, the specificity of which entails the possible deployment of tools, which “cannot be attributed to art. V.”  “Since the Warsaw NATO Summit, the Alliance has been building capabilities, including setting up teams – co counter hybrid and cyber threats,” noted the Ambassador. He also underlined that Poland has also been part of the response, i.a. through the adoption of a law on the national cybersecurity system.