In the first initiative of its kind, ELNET facilitated an exclusive training in Poland focused on creating and updating protocols for mass casualty incidents and ER optimization.
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
Central and Eastern Europe is an region, which includes Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Ukraine. 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 Central and Eastern Europe
ELNET Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) began first as a local office for Poland, and was expanded to include the entire CEE region in 2023. 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 hosts its first-ever delegation from Central and Eastern European countries. The delegation included senior policymakers and experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Romania.
Jerusalem Post: Israel, Europe need to proactively face similar strategic challenges- ELNET official
The Jerusalem Post publishes an article on the announcement of ELNET’s new regional office in Central and Eastern Europe.
ELNET announced the launching of a new regional office in Central and Eastern Europe. ELNET-CEE will be a dynamic platform for deepening relations between Israel and the region, with particular focus on national security cooperation, emergency preparedness and resilience.
ELNET, together with the Polish Senate Parliamentary Friendship Group, organized a conference at the Polish Senate in honor of Israel’s 75th independence day. The title of the conference was “Poland and Israel: Common Roots and Values”