President signs homeland defence bill

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Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, signed into law on Friday a defence bill that will increase the size of the Polish army to 300,000.

At the moment Poland has around 100,000 regular troops, but under the new Defence Act, that number is expected to increase to 250,000

The act, signed by the president, will also increase spending Poland's defence budget.

Under the new law spending on defence will not amount to less than 2.2 percent of GDP in 2022, and then increase to at least 3 percent of GDP in 2023.

The ceremonial signing of the law at the Presidential Palace, in Warsaw, was attended by, among other officials, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Kaczyński and representatives of the armed forces.