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October 1, 2010   
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NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly, which groups members of parliament from NATO countries, will hold a session in the Polish parliament over the second and third weeks of November. Each member country hosts these meetings about every 11 years.

The 28 member states will be debating Afghanistan, NATO’s partnership with Russia, and other issues. Polish President Bronisław Komorowski has recently been stressing that Warsaw takes the view that Poland should pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2012. Komorowski discussed this with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a meeting in Brussels in September.

Other items on the agenda include the effect of the economic crisis on Central and Eastern Europe, the cohesion of the alliance, nuclear security, and anti-missile defense. The assembly will also discuss recession, poverty and lack of security in developing countries, energy security, and climate change and the challenges that have come out of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen.

The gathering in the Polish parliament is being held before a November NATO summit in Lisbon, which is expected to adopt a new strategy for the alliance.

Some 300 member state representatives, along with 70-odd representatives from associated states, will take part. The assembly sits for a plenary session each autumn and spring. The spring session was held in Riga, Latvia.

Poles Named EU Ambassadors
The EU’s head of foreign affairs, Catherine Ashton appointed 26 new EU permanent representatives around the world in mid-September, with two of the jobs going to Poles. Poland’s Joanna Wronecka was appointed to head the EU’s Jordanian embassy and another Polish diplomat, Tomasz Kozłowski, was put in charge of the South Korean embassy.

Wronecka, who has been working in foreign affairs since 1993, is an expert in Arabic language and culture. She gained a doctorate in Arabic and Islamic Philosophy at the Faculty of Modern Languages at the University of Warsaw in 1985. Wronecka was head of the Polish diplomatic mission in Cairo for four years from 1999 and served as ambassador to Morocco from 2005 to 2010.

Kozłowski has been working in foreign affairs since 1984 and his educational background is in Far East studies. He graduated from the Faculty of Eastern Studies at the Moscow Institute of International Relations in 1984 and undertook a diplomatic course at Stanford University in California. Kozłowski has worked in UN missions in Cambodia and South Africa. He served as Polish ambassador to Pakistan from 2001 to 2003 and then as director of the Asia and Pacific Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2004, he has been working in Brussels where he spent four years in charge of the Asia Office of the Political Planning Group for Javier Solana, Ashton’s predecessor as the EU’s foreign policy chief. He is currently chief advisor on Asian and Latin American Affairs at the European Commission’s Directorate General for External Relations.

Meanwhile, Poles have been tipped for two senior posts—Deputy Secretary General and one other director—at the European External Action Service head office in Brussels. Poland’s two candidates are Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, Minister for EU Affairs, and Maciej Popowski, head of cabinet for European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.
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