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Polish Troops to Join Eurocorps
May 28, 2008   
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A brigade of Polish troops is joining the European Union's rapid response unit, the Eurocorps, said Poland's Defense Minister Bogdan Klich May 14. At present the Eurocorps has more than 60,000 troops whose tasks include defense and participating in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

Formed in 1992 on the basis of a French-German brigade, the Eurocorps was later joined by Belgian, Spanish and Luxembourg troops. These five countries have the status of the Eurocorps "framework nations" that make decisions about the unit's tasks, structure and development. Poland, Austria, Greece and Turkey joined the unit later as "sending nations" that contribute soldiers. This April, Gen. Franciszek Gągor, chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces, confirmed that Poland was willing to increase its commitment to the unit and secure the status of a "framework nation."

So far, Poland has been sending small groups of staff to the Eurocorps headquarters. At present, three Polish officers are serving there, while select units are taking part in international exercises. If Poland becomes a framework nation, more Polish officers may begin working at the Eurocorps headquarters next year. One of them, a general, may take over as Eurocorps deputy chief of staff.
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