Brunssum, The Netherlands – Tuesday 09 November, Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) welcomed Mr Marcin Czepelak, Ambassador of The Republic of Poland, to The Netherlands.
The purpose of the visit was to broaden the Ambassador's comprehension of activities undertaken by JFCBS and discuss issues related to the security of Northern Europe. One of the main topics touched upon was NATO's enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) multinational Battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland that are deployed in order to strengthen the Alliance's deterrence and defence posture in the region.
The official programme ended with the celebration the 103rd anniversary of Poland's independence.
Note: Polish Roads to Independence.
In November 1918, after 123 years of absence on European political maps, Poland regained its independence. This was mainly due to the perseverance and dedication of an active element of Polish society who, during the period of servitude, passed down their allegiance to the language and national culture to emerging generations of young Poles. In the years of the First World War (1914–1918), circumstances favourable to "the Polish question" appeared in the political spectrum. Poland's partitioners stood against each other, breaking their previous solidarity on the Polish issue.