On 12-13 April 2011 the International EUMS Deployability Conference took place in the MoD Military History Institute and Museum, Budapest, Hungary. This was the fifth EUMS Deployability Conference, after the ones held in Helsinki (Nov 06), Lisbon (Nov 07), Prague (Mar 09) and Seville (Mar 10). At this conference we had more than fifty participants from several multinational organizations and agencies as well as national representatives.
“Multinational cooperation has an increasing role in capability development. Joint effort may generate significant capabilities unattainable by national resources.” Róbert Kádár, Deputy Head of Armament and Quartermaster Office said in his opening remarks at the conference held at Stefánia Palace Cultural Centre, Budapest on 5 April.
Major General Juha Kilpiä appointed as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of UNTSO United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has on the 25th of March 2011 announced the appointment of Major General Juha Kilpiä as Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO).
The employees of Zrínyi Média have a new surprise in store for those placing their faith in Hungarian history. Today we publish our new English-language book in the Zrínyi Média Digital Library (you can find it at http://ekonyvtar.zrinyimedia.hu):
Sixteenth Session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 28 February 2011 Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland Alexander Stubb
Heads of State and governments, confirmed the expansion of sanctions against Libya at their extraordinary meeting in Brussels, on 11 March 2011. After the Council meeting, Head of the Hungarian Government, Viktor Orbán, welcomed the “cautious” declaration adopted, and stated that the EU must refrain from military operations that could result in losing the trust of Arab nations.
The economic crisis forced several member states to cut their defence expenses, and unilaterally withdraw their troops from EU missions. In Budapest, Minister of Defence, Csaba Hende, said that the Hungarian Presidency thinks the temporary disadvantages, can be turned into advantages, if member states come up with innovative solutions to develop and maintain capabilities.
European Union defence ministers welcomed the start of the evacuation of EU citizens from Libya. Although the issue was not originally on their agenda, EU defence ministers discussed it with NATO’s Secretary General, at their informal meeting in Gödöllő, on 25 February 2011, and the EU’s High Representative said that sanctions should be considered against Libya.
On Friday, 21 January, a ceremony took place at camp Film City in Priština, Kosovo, marking the awarding of prizes following a photo competition, organised by KFOR Chronicle Editorial Board last November for KFOR members. The competitors, whose photos referred to the subjects of KFOR members on mission, humanitarian activities, civil-military cooperation, and panorama landscapes, also included two members of the 22nd Slovenian KFOR Contingent.
Within the framework of “Georgian Defence Conference” (GDC) Georgian Minister of Defence Bacho Akhalaia has already held meetings with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence, Doctor Celeste Wallander and Director General of International Military Staff of NATO, Lieutenant General Jurgen Bornemann. The topics of discussion at the meeting were global security and bilateral cooperation issues, NATO-Georgian relationship, ongoing ISAF operation in Afghanistan and the reforms being implemented in the Georgian Defence system.
In accordance with the rotating chairmanship principle, Sweden will chair the NORDEFCO for 2011, taking over after Norway. During the year, Sweden will continue to develop the cooperation and pay special interest to the cooperation in on-going operations, such as Afghanistan.
January 20-21, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius will attend the meeting of the Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) of the Nordic and Baltic countries in Estonia where his Danish, Estonian, Latvian, Norwegian and Swedish counterparts will also be present.
11 Airmobile Brigade and the Defence Helicopter Command have demonstrated how good cooperation can lead to improved skills. These army and air force units practised stopping a suspect car by use of helicopters on 20 January. The training exercise, which was part of a series lasting several days, was held at the Oirschotse Heide near Eindhoven.
Defence Minister Davor Bozinovic visited on Tuesday, 18 January 2011, NATO Headquarters in Brussels where he met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Dr. Csaba Hende, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Hungary gave a reception on Thursday, January 13 for the military attachés accredited to Budapest and the leadership of the Ministry of Defence and the Hungarian Defence Forces. The event took place in the Stefánia Palace, Budapest, where the Minister made a toast to welcome his guests on the occasion of the New Year. In his speech Dr. Csaba Hende cited a Hungarian folk tale, with the moral that even though everyone of us has a special responsibility for his country, all of us are aware that the only way to achieve progress in the field of peace and security is to take joint action; in other words, cooperation is the key to doing the best service to our countries.
Kielce. The Training Centre For the Peacekeeping Needs in Kielce-Bukówka hosted the Under-Secretary of State for Defence Policy in the Ministry of National Defence Zbigniew Włosowicz on 14th January. The Minister was acquainted with the tasks performed by the Centre and the Central Civil-Military Cooperation Group.
President of the Republic Tarja Halonen visited the Finnish crisis management forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday and Wednesday, 18–19 January 2011. The President’s entourage also included the Commander of the Defence Forces, General Ari Puheloinen.
On 18 January Dr. Csaba Hende, the Defence Minister of Hungary – which is currently holding the rotating EU Presidency – held talks with Norwegian Defence Minister Ms. Grete Faremo. The two-day visit of the Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway is primarily aimed at discussing the program of Hungary’s EU Presidency in 2011, the results of the Lisbon NATO Summit and the bilateral military relations as well as some current issues in security policy.
Imami: The Special Forces are not only the pride of the Armed Forces, but also important ambassadors of Albania’s image, important ambassadors of the peace message. Defence Minister Mr. Arben Imami, accompanied by Members of the Parliament, Mr. Genti Strazimiri and Mr. Fatos Hoxha, held a two-day visit in Afghanistan to meet with the Albanian contingents located there in the framework of ISAF operation, as well as higher military authorities commanding the NATO operation.
Of all people, it is perhaps politicians whose diaries have the largest number of entries, and the same goes for Defence Minister Dr. Csaba Hende. Saying goodbye to the old year and greeting the new one, our interview focuses on the ups and downs of the last 12 months, as well as plans for the future.
Minister of Defence and Sports Norbert Darabos has announced a reduction of the Austrian Armed Forces' fleet of armoured vehicles by more than 50 percent.