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Bogdan Klich
Minister of National Defense of Poland
12th Minister of National Defense of the Third Republic of Poland

In office
16 November 2007 – 2 August 2011
President Lech Kaczyński
Bronisław Komorowski
Prime Minister Donald Tusk
Preceded by Aleksander Szczygło
Succeeded by Tomasz Siemoniak
Personal details
Born 6 May 1960(1960-05-06) (age 60)
Kraków, Poland
Political party Civic Platform

Bogdan Klich during 66th sitting of the Senate (2014)

With Robert Gates in the Pentagon (2010)

Bogdan Adam Klich ['bɔɡdan klʲix] (born on 8 May 1960 in Kraków) is a former Minister of National Defence of Poland. Bogdan Klich was interned in 1981 during the martial law set by the communist regime. Until 16 November 2007 he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Lesser Poland Voivodeship & Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship with the Civic Platform, part of the European People's Party and sits on the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs. Senator since November 2011. Lecturer at the Department of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University since 2002. Lecturer at the Cracow University of Economics since the academic year 2013/2014. Author of numerous publications concerning foreign policy and international security.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • 1986: Physician, Kraków Medical Academy
  • 1987: Master's in the History of Art, Jagiellonian University (UJ)
  • 1991–1995: Doctoral studies, Department of Historical Philosophy

Political career[edit | edit source]

Career in national politics[edit | edit source]

  • since 1997: President of the Institute of Strategic Studies
  • 2001–2004: Member of Parliament of the Republic of Poland, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, member of the Committee on National Defence
  • 1989–1999: Advisor to the Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Poland with the European Union
  • 1999–2000: Deputy Minister for National Defence in the Republic of Poland
  • 2003–2004: Observer to the EP
  • 2001–2004: Polish representative and member of the Policy Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Member of the European Parliament, 2004-2007[edit | edit source]

A member of the European People's Party group, Kilch served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs. In addition to his committee assignments, he was a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with Belarus.

Minister of Defence, 2007-2011[edit | edit source]

From 2007 until 2011, Klich served as Minister for National Defence in the Republic of Poland,[1] in the government of Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

During his time in office, Klich implemented Tusk’s campaign pledge to withdraw Poland’s troops from Iraq. By October 2008, he marked the end of his country’s five-year partnership with U.S. forces in Iraq; Poland had been the only country other than the United States and Britain to command a full division of foreign troops in Iraq, and contingents from several other countries initially served under Polish command in a broad area south of Baghdad.[2]

Also under Klich’s leadership, Poland and the United States signed a status of forces agreement (SOFA) that paved the way for the stationing of U.S. troops on Polish territory.[3] Three months after the United States announced a reformulated missile-defense plan for Poland in 2010, Klich announced that an undisclosed number of American MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missiles would be deployed in the vicinity of Morąg, in northern Poland, just 35 miles from the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad.[4]

On 12 May 2011, Klich announced that Poland would lead a new EU Battlegroup of the Visegrád Group.

In July 2011, Klich resigned after an official investigation into the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash which killed President Lech Kaczyński and all 95 others on board concluded that mistakes by the military pilots were the primary cause of the disaster. Prime Minister Tusk clarified he did not hold Klich responsible for the crash, saying merely that the investigation had recommended swift and wholesale changes which could only be implemented by a new minister, Klich’s deputy, Tomasz Siemoniak.[5]

Member of the Senate, 2011-present[edit | edit source]

Klich has been a member of the Senate of Poland since the 2011 national elections and is currently minority leader.[6] He also serves as deputy chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and as member of the Defence Committee.

In addition to his role in parliament, Klich has again been serving as member of the Polish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2012. He serves on the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy and on the Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World; in this capacity he is also the Assembly’s rapporteur on Morocco.[7]

Since 2015, Klich has been serving as a member of the European Commission’s High-level Group of Personalities on Defence Research chaired by Elżbieta Bieńkowska.[8]

Other activities[edit | edit source]

  • Member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London
  • Lecturer at the Centre for European Studies at the Jagiellonian University

Decorations[edit | edit source]

  • Order of Merit for Defence of Lithuania
  • Gold Medal of Merit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Slovakia

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. Imad al-Khozaie (October 4, 2008), Polish military marks close of Iraq mission Reuters.
  3. Gareth Jones (December 11, 2009), Poland, U.S. sign deal on troop deployments Reuters.
  4. Judy Dempsey (January 21, 2010), Poland to Deploy U.S. Missiles Near Russia New York Times.
  5. Adam Easton (July 29, 2011), Polish minister quits over air disaster Financial Times.
  6. Bogdan Klich European Leadership Network.
  7. Rapporteur highlights ‘the very high quality of dialogue between PACE and the Parliament of Morocco’ Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, press release of February 15, 2018.
  8. Simon Taylor (March 30, 2015), High-level group of personalities on defence research European Voice.

Publications[edit | edit source]

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External links[edit | edit source]

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