NATO division headquarters in north-east Poland almost ready

The Multinational Division North East Headquarters in Elblag, north-east Poland, has been 90 percent-formed, and the process will  probably be completed by the end of 2018, Deputy Defence Minister Wojciech Skurkiewicz said in parliament on Tuesday.

The Sejm (lower house of the Polish parliament) on Tuesday held the second reading of a government draft amendment to the law on stationing and movement of foreign troops on Polish territory.

The amendment aims to introduce regulations making it possible for allied foreign troops to use Polish weapons and ammunition.

"The formation of the division headquarters is estimated at 90 percent. We can complete this process by the end of 2018 with full certification," the deputy minister said in the Sejm.

The headquarters offer about 300 jobs, 10 percent of which are designed for Poland's allies, Wojciech Skurkiewicz added.

The Multinational Division North East Headquarters is being formed on the basis of the Headquarters of the 16th Pomeranian Mechanised Division, a Polish unit. It will supervise NATO battalion combat groups as part of the Enhanced Forward Presence. In the future, the headquarters will coordinate four combat groups that NATO has decided to deploy in Poland and the Baltic States.