Poland's top general candidate for head of NATO Military Committee

The Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army, General Rajmund Andrzejczak. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

General Rajmund Andrzejczak has been put forward as a candidate for the head of the NATO Military Committee, the Ministry of Defence announced on Twitter on Friday.

The vote is to be held on September 19 during the meeting of the NATO Military Committee in Rome. Andrzejczak will compete with the Chief of Defence of the Armed forces of the Netherlands, Admiral Robert Peter Bauer.

The results of the election will be known in September and the newly elected head will take over duties in the summer of 2021.

On its website, the Ministry of National Defence announced that the Polish government had officially recommended the Chief of General Staff of the Polish Army, General Andrzejczak, to take over the presidency of the highest military body in the Alliance.

The Military Committee consists of the heads of defence of 30 NATO member states. It has an advisory function on military matters to the North Atlantic Council, the Alliance's highest political authority.

The chairman of the NATO Committee is elected by the heads of defence of the Alliance member states for a three-year term. As the chief military adviser, he presents opinions and conclusions developed by the Military Committee to the Secretary General of NATO, the North Atlantic Council and other important organs of the Alliance. The chairman sets directions and specifies the subject of the work of the Military Committee.

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