Senate unanimously passes national defence bill

The bill was passed with 97 senators voting in favour, none against and no abstentions. Albert Zawada/PAP

Poland's Senate on Thursday unanimously passed the Homeland Defence Bill, with no amendments, passing it on to the president for signing.

Under the bill, Poland's armed forces are expected to increase to about 300,000 troops, including 250,000 full-time soldiers.

Poland will also raise defence spending from the Nato-recommended minimum level of 2 percent of GDP to 3 percent.

The bill also defines new sources of military funding.

Additionally, the Polish armed forces will be allowed to lease military equipment.

The lower house of parliament, the Sejm, passed the bill last Friday.

The bill was passed with 97 senators voting in favour, none against and no abstentions.