SAF peacekeepers return from the mission in Lebannon

SAF peacekeepers return from the mission in Lebannon

Posted: 2012-06-01 Category: EMPA news

Serbian Army members who formed the second contingent of Serbian soldiers in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon were welcomed on 3 January 2012. at the Belgrade airport "Nikola Tesla" by the Head of the Centre for Peacekeeping Operations of the General Staff Colonel Jelesije Radivojevic, as well as their family and friends. Lt. Col. Igor Scepanovic, Majors Stevan Raseta, Ivica Trajkovic and Srdjan Bulatovic and captain Slavko Djukic returned to Serbia after a six-month stay in Lebanon, where they were assigned as staff officers.

EU Defence Policy Directors meet in Brussels

EU Defence Policy Directors meet in Brussels

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

The meeting of EU Defence Policy Directors was held on 20 April 2011 in Brussels, in order to prepare the forthcoming meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Defence Ministers’ composition scheduled for May in Brussels.

Polish presidency of finabel

Polish presidency of finabel

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

From 13 to 15 April 2011 there was the annual meeting of Land Forces Commanders’ Committee FINABEL. This year it was particularly important to our country, since Lieutenant General Zbigniew Głowienka became the chairman of this assembly.

Hungarian Presidency Hosts 5th EUMS Deployability Conference

Hungarian Presidency Hosts 5th EUMS Deployability Conference

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

A dynamic and open European Defence Market

A dynamic and open European Defence Market

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

“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.

Press Release

Press Release

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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).

Orbán: Europe must not drift into war with Arab countries

Orbán: Europe must not drift into war with Arab countries

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Presidency aims at more efficient organisation of EU military capabilities

Presidency aims at more efficient organisation of EU military capabilities

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

EU does not rule out sanctions against Libya

EU does not rule out sanctions against Libya

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Members of the 22nd Slovenian KFOR Contingent receive prizes of KFOR Chronicle

Members of the 22nd Slovenian KFOR Contingent receive prizes of KFOR Chronicle

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Georgian Defence Conference

Georgian Defence Conference

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Dr. Csaba Hende’s Talks in Croatia

Dr. Csaba Hende’s Talks in Croatia

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

On Monday, January 24 Defence Minister Dr. Csaba Hende paid a visit to Croatia at the invitation of Croatian Minister of Defence Davor Bozinovic and held talks with his counterpart in Osijek at a border meeting in the afternoon hours.

Sweden assumes NORDEFCO chairmanship for 2011

Sweden assumes NORDEFCO chairmanship for 2011

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Helicopter Command and Airmobile Brigade improve their skills

Helicopter Command and Airmobile Brigade improve their skills

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Cooperation is in our Mutual Interest

Cooperation is in our Mutual Interest

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Undersecretary of State visited Kielce Training Centre

Undersecretary of State visited Kielce Training Centre

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Live fires of Pandurs

Live fires of Pandurs

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

Newly arrived Pandur armoured personnel carriers, that reinforced Czech contribution to ISAF mission in Afghanistan, accomplished their first live fires at a range near Kabul.

Hungarian–Norwegian Talks

Hungarian–Norwegian Talks

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Defence Minister Arben Imami visits Afghanistan

Defence Minister Arben Imami visits Afghanistan

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

We are Building the National Armed Forces

We are Building the National Armed Forces

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.