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PKP Attended NATO Land Transport Group Council Meeting. What Issues Were Discussed?

PKP Attended NATO Land Transport Group Council Meeting. What Issues Were Discussed?
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11 / 05 / 2022

From April 27 to 29, the NATO Land Transport Group Council held an important meeting at the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility in Rome, Italy. A representative from Polskie Koleje Państwowe S.A. also attended the meeting.

Four North Atlantic Treaty Organization coordinators participated in the meeting, viz:

  • Wolfgang Severing, coordinator for road transport
  • Robert Koinok, inland navigation coordinator
  • Eugen Marin, Ports Coordinator
  • Tomasz Lachowicz, Railway Coordinator

Tomasz Lachowicz, the rail coordinator for the NATO Transportation Group Inland Land Transport (TG IST), is the director of the PKP office in Brussels and has served as a NATO Headquarters rail expert since 2002, working closely with the Government Security Center and the Ministry of Infrastructure. In 2018. NATO has entrusted Dr Lachowicz with the coordinator role for this transportation industry.

The NATO Transport Group meeting focused primarily on the current global situation. Particularly, the impact of the war in Ukraine on military mobility in Europe and the role of individual modes of transport in responding to the current humanitarian crisis. Moreover, they finalized the report led by the rail coordinator on the availability of wagon platforms for heavy military equipment in Europe and discussed a strategic analysis paper on transport and NATO planners' expectations.

In addition, they discussed issues related to the funding of projects under the EU Military Mobility Instrument. The final report of the IST TG Board meeting included a proposal by the rail coordinator to broaden the scope of this fund to include mobility resources for dual use by military and civilians. The agenda for the railroad seminar to be held in Sweden this June was also agreed upon and approved.

Participants at the meeting, including representatives of the German, Swedish, Romanian and Italian infrastructure ministries, were very complimentary and appreciative of the Polish State Railways' involvement in supporting Ukraine.