Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Poland

In addition to defense cooperation, Pompeo and Morawiecki discussed helping the Belarusian people, measures to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, securing 5G networks, and improving regional energy and infrastructure through the Three Seas Initiative. Polish troops deployed abroad (in Romania, Italy, Latvia) must follow similar rules. If they break the law, they would fall within the jurisdiction of the Polish court. This is a general principle that has been adopted by all allied nations The new Polish-American agreement also assumes that, in the case of cases under American jurisdiction and involving the service of American troops, the United States would be required to apply rules identical to those of the United States of America with regard to Polish witnesses and victims. This is a novelty when compared to the new agreement to the transaction signed in 2009 – and it is an advantage for the Poles. The United States and Poland concluded negotiations on the Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which build on our existing security cooperation and strengthen our long-standing defense partnership. – We have put in place a legal framework for the permanent presence of US forces in Poland, both to the extent currently provided for and in the possible enlargement; as discussed, among others, by Mark Esper, the US Secretary of Defense. This means that the agreement signed today offers the opportunity to strengthen the presence of US troops in Poland and also to hold many more US military exercises in our country. (…) I have the feeling of a mission well accomplished, because the permanent presence of American troops in our country, as well as the balanced and consequent technical modernization of the armed forces and the constant increase in the size of the army, create a complex system that guarantees our security – said Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. Andrzej Duda said that the agreement was above all a guarantee of security for Poland and for this part of Europe. “Anyone familiar with politics knows very well that the conclusion of this agreement will not only have a military impact, but that it will not only result in the military presence of the United States – personnel and infrastructure …

– It is above all a guarantee of safety. for Poland and for this whole part of Europe,” the President said. The agreement provides that the US military presence in Poland will be strengthened, in line with the Memorandum of Understanding already signed in 2019 between Donald Trump and Andrzej Duda. . . .