Poland

Poland is an important country in Eastern Europe with a population and GDP equal to all its Eastern European neighbors combined. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. Poland is part of the Visegrad Group of countries which includes Hunagry, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Together these countries consist of an important voting block in European institutions. Israel ties with Eastern Europe continue to grow politically and economically.

The painful history of the Holocaust continues to have a significant impact on bilateral ties, including the recent controversy over Poland’s Holocaust law. In recent years, bilateral ties have grown and Jewish cultural revival in Poland has flourished. Many Israelis and Jewish communities around the world trace their roots to Poland and travel there to participate in educational programs.

Israel and Poland share substantial strategic interests, including a close relationship with the United States and cross-border security concerns. This shared outlook translates into close defense cooperation, intelligence sharing, joint military training and exchange of technology and expertise.

Trade relations between the two countries has grown rapidly, amounting over $1 billion in 2017 – a 10% increase over 2016. A growing number of Israeli companies and investors are active in the Polish economy, while Polish companies are forging partnerships in Israel’s high-tech economy.

ELNET in Poland

 ELNET-Poland was established in 2014. The office organizes senior delegations and cooperates with the Warsaw Security Forum bringing top Israeli experts and officials to the conference. ELNET-Poland sponsors the annual Poland-Israel strategic dialogues in partnership with the National Security Bureau of the Polish President.

ELNET-Poland

Warsaw
E-mail: poland@elnetwork.eu

Marta Kubica

Executive Director, ELNET-Poland
Marta Kubica brings 15 years of professional and academic experience in Polish-Jewish and Polish-Israel relations. She spent ten years at the Embassy of Israel in Poland, where she supported the Executive Office in liaising with state and local government officials, business, academia, churches and the Jewish community. For the past two years, Marta served as Diplomatic Protocol Specialist at the U.S. Embassy Warsaw. She served as chairwoman of the Jewish Studies students’ association and established an academic exchange program between the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Ariel University in Israel.

Krystyna Kowalska

Project Manager, ELNET-Poland
Krystyna Kowalska has twenty years of professional experience in Polish-Israel relations, project management and communications. She spent 7 years at the Embassy of Israel in Poland, where she worked at the Military Attaché office, liaising between Israeli, Polish, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian Armed Forces and military institutions. She has also a broad experience in energy effectiveness and sustainable development, having worked in this field for the past 9 years as a project manager, event organizer and marketing specialist. She is a graduate of Hebrew Department at the Warsaw University.

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