Security among Poland's tasks for EU presidency

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Posted: Mar 07, 2011 8:45 AM
Security among Poland's tasks for EU presidency

Poland's government says cooperation with NATO and modernization of military equipment are the top defense priorities for the country's European Union presidency later this year.

Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said Monday that the defense priorities of Poland's six months presidency also include turning the existing EU's battle groups into quick reaction forces and allowing non-EU members, east of Poland, to participate in EU military missions.

Klich says stronger legal frameworks should be worked out for missions where EU and NATO forces serve side by side, like in Afghanistan or Kosovo.

Poland takes the rotating EU presidency July 1.