Chief of General Staff named as potential commander in chief for wartime

Polish President Andrzej Duda has named the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak, as the person designated to the position of commander in chief of the Armed Forces during wartime, the National Security Bureau (BBN) told PAP on Thursday.

The designation will be held on August 15, during the Polish Armed Forces Day.

The president's decision was made on the motion of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

The BBN said that the designation of the Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces is consistent with the provisions of the command and control system reform prepared by the Ministry of National Defence in cooperation with the BNN.

According to the bill, in time of war the chief of staff will assume command over Poland's armed forces until a supreme commander is appointed. The chief of staff will also be responsible for planning the strategic use of armed forces, preparation and training of armed forces, participation in foreign missions and offering advice to the Defence Ministry's top officials.

General Andrzejczak has performed the function of the Chief of the General Staff since July 3.