Poland has joined the so-called 'military Schengen' agreement, a European initiative aimed at facilitating troop mobility between participating states.
The agreement, also signed by Germany and the Netherlands, is both a show of solidarity with Ukraine and a concrete step towards European security against potential threats from NATO's eastern flank by creating a rapid aid corridor.
According to Polish Defense Minister Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, the conflict in Ukraine has demonstrated the importance of rapid mobilization. The Dutch Ambassador to Poland, Daphne Bergsma, also stressed that military mobilization is central to meeting the growing geopolitical challenges.
Neighboring both Russia and Belarus, Poland continues to deal closely with both internal and external security challenges, with the government particularly focused on the threat from Russia.
Initiatives such as "military Schengen" are of great importance for Poland, not only from a security perspective, but also to strengthen its position within the EU.