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  • Trade in goods and technologies for military purposes is subject to control by the state. These are goods of the following type: armaments, military equipment and dual-use goods, including technologies related to weapons of mass destruction. The Polish government controls trade in these goods for the security of the country, the Polish foreign policy interests as well as obligations under international and alliance agreements.


    In the export control policy Poland is guided by the need to maintain international peace and security. Excessive and destabilising accumulation of arms, illegal trade in arms and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction can pose a threat to national security. Reckless trade in arms attracts and exacerbates conflicts, thus making it difficult to conclude peace and implement initiatives for sustainable development of countries affected by poverty.


    The Polish foreign policy is consistent with the policy of the European Union in matters covered by control of the export of arms and dual-use goods. Poland is the most active participant of the monitoring arrangements among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and develops cooperation with its neighbours and allies. Based on its experience, Poland supports the countries that are in transition and develop comprehensive export control regimes.


    General principles that the EU Member States should apply in the authorisation of arms transfers are specified in Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP of 8 December 2008 defining common rules governing control of exports of military technology and equipment. The common position lays down, inter alia, the European Union criteria for arms exports, which are legally binding for the Member States.


    The trade in dual-use goods by EU countries is regulated by Council Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009 of 5 May 2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items. The Regulation is directly applicable in Polish law.


    Polish international obligations, particularly those arising from membership in international organisations and agreements on non-proliferation and export control regimes, also are of key importance in the field of export control. Priority is given to the restrictions and prohibitions on exports of goods of strategic importance relating to the sanctions the UN, EU and OSCE.


    Poland publishes annually a report on the export of arms and defence equipment.



    Click HERE to download the report for 2016 in English (PDF file)



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