CIMIC Award of Excellence 2023 for the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Office in Kielce, Poland.

The Office of the Świętokrzyski Voivodeship in Kielce became the first institution in Poland to receive the prestigious CIMIC Award of Excellence from the NATO CIMIC Centre of Excellence in The Hague.
The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.The award has been presented since 2017 and for the first time went to Poland, more specifically to the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship Office in Kielce. - The CIMIC 2023 award goes to us, and this means that civil-military cooperation in our region is a model. In fact, this prize simply belongs to Poland," said the voivode of Świętokrzyskie, Zbigniew Koniusz.

CIMIC (Civil-Military Co-operation) stands for civil-military cooperation. It is a term used within NATO structures to describe cooperation between military forces and civil authorities in operations. CIMIC activities come into play in crisis management and host nation support operations, among others. This is a great distinction for the region and Poland.

Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship is a prime example of a strong and well-aligned civil-military partnership. That is why we decided to award this region," said Colonel Andreas Eckel, Director of the CIMIC Center of Excellence in The Hague.

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