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  • 23 October 2015

    Poland was among the first Council of Europe Member States to complete national treaty procedures necessary to sign a Protocol to the Convention of the Council of Europe, done at Warsaw on 16 May 2005. The document was signed in Riga on 22 October 2015 by Artur Nowak-Far, MFA Undersecretary of State.

    The ultimate goal of the Protocol is to introduce criminal liability for activities of the so-called foreign terrorist fighters, who are currently joining the ranks of terrorist organizations, mainly in Syria and Iraq. In accordance with the Protocol, receiving terrorist training, traveling abroad for terrorism-related purposes, and participating in a terrorist group’s activities will be considered as criminal offence.


    The signing ceremony of the Protocol was followed by a conference on terrorism, chaired by Igor Crnadak, Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which currently holds chairmanship of the Council of Europe. Opening speeches were delivered by, among others, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and Deputy Minister Artur Nowak-Far. "The Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, done at Warsaw in 2005, was a very important step in the fight against terrorism. Unfortunately, the phenomenon of terrorism is growing, so it is necessary to adopt rules that will enhance states’ ability to counter new threats," said Deputy Minister Artur Nowak-Far. "The signed Protocol can serve as a model legal act of how to respond to new forms of terrorism," added the deputy minister.


    MFA Press Office


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