“To us, service of the nation means the same as the service of mankind, since our highest aim cannot be anything else but to protect life and peace, the fundamental rights of mankind. In this spirit, we support NATO, our Alliance through our service, professional experience, work and resources” – said Tamás Vargha, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Ministry of Defence, Deputy Minister in a speech delivered on the HDF 59th “Dezső Szentgyörgyi” Air Base on 18 January.
Speaking at a commemoration held in the village in Borsod-Abaúj Zemplén County on Tuesday, January 19, President of Hungary János Áder said that together with the tragic ending, the life of those soldiers who died in an air disaster of a Slovak military plane that crashed 10 years ago near Hejce can be held up as an example to everyone.
On 3 December 2015, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó awarded the Silver Grade of the “Service Medal” to US Army Master Sergeant Matthew B. Ott, the senior enlister officer at the Embassy of the United States Office of the Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché.
After finishing their daily work, the peacekeepers serving Camp Butmir, Sarajevo regularly visit a well-equipped gym and exercise hall in the afternoon and evening hours. Beyond individual opportunities, of course the interested soldiers of the mission can participate in joint workouts as well.
On Wednesday, 30th September Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó and Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő inspected the ongoing construction of the Temporary Security Barrier in the region of the Hungarian–Croatian border.
The European Military Press Association (EMPA) held its annual congress in Berlin this year. With the end of a four-year term of office, the association – with several Hungarian military journalists among its members – elected a new president and Board members as well. The event took place on the 25th anniversary of the German reunification.
On August 12 a ceremony was held marking the change of command of the EUFOR Multinational Battalion (MNBN) in Sarajevo. Together with a Turkish company, the Hungarian company will carry out the operational tasks of the battalion from this July until February next year.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Hungary is well prepared for her term of EU Presidency, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission underscored in Budapest on 7 January 2011. The two political leaders held a press conference after the joint session of the Commission and the Government of Hungary.
Just like the 2006 flooding on each major river in Hungary, this year’s spring flash floods have shown again that Hungarian citizens in trouble can count on the HDF servicemembers’ assistance any time. Our troops have contributed their professionalism, equipment and experience to prevent more extensive disasters and rescue the property that can be saved.
„Along these lines, I sincerely hope that Hungary’s EU Presidency will be a time for action, with difficulties never seen as excuses but rather as mission and obstacles that can and should be overcome."
The top military leaders of the Visegrád Four Group – Hungarian CHOD LTG Tibor Benkő, Czech CHOD Gen. Vlastimil Picek, Slovak CHOD Gen. L’ubomír Bulik and Polish CHOD Admiral Tomasz Mathea – as well as Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Ukraine Vice-Admiral Igor V. Kabanenko met on June 21-22 in Balatonőszöd, Hungary. They reviewed the results achieved during the Hungarian presidency, then the Deputy CHOD of the Ukrainian Armed Forces joined the discussion on the second day to hold talks about the topical issues of the ongoing cooperation between the V4 countries and the Ukraine.
In early July Defence Minister Dr. Csaba Hende paid an official visit to the Balkans Joint Operations Area (JOA) where he met the commanders of the NATO- and EU-led missions and those Hungarian troops who are doing their tour of duty in the Balkans. He received reports from EUFOR’s senior Hungarian general and from the commander of the HDF EUFOR contingent on the activities and current tasks of the Hungarian troops. The Defence Minister’s visit was primarily aimed at learning about the Hungarian servicemembers’ living and working conditions. While in Pristina, Dr. Csaba Hende met Zoltán Imecs, the Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary accredited to Kosovo.
Defence Minister Dr. Imre Szekeres and Dragan Sutanovac, Minister of Defence of Serbia signed a bilateral defence cooperation agreement between the Republic of Hungary and Serbia on 22 March in Belgrade. The bilateral agreement comprises 17 articles which provide a framework for the joint training of the two nation’s military units as well as for cooperation in joint control of airspace, EOD and disaster relief operations.