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Articles: Hungary

They Have Earned Esteem

They Have Earned Esteem

Posted: 2016-02-11 Category: EMPA editorials

“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. 

The Hejce Tragedy Occurred Ten Years Ago

The Hejce Tragedy Occurred Ten Years Ago

Posted: 2016-02-11 Category: EMPA editorials

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.

Master Sergeant Receives Ministerial Award

Master Sergeant Receives Ministerial Award

Posted: 2016-02-11 Category: EMPA editorials

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.

Hungarians for Community Sports in EUFOR

Hungarians for Community Sports in EUFOR

Posted: 2016-02-11 Category: EMPA editorials

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.

European Military Journalists Meet in Berlin

European Military Journalists Meet in Berlin

Posted: 2015-11-27 Category: EMPA news

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.

Change of Command Ceremony in Sarajevo

Change of Command Ceremony in Sarajevo

Posted: 2015-09-23 Category: EMPA news

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hungary is well prepared for the Presidency

Hungary is well prepared for the Presidency

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Exercise Tisza 2010

Exercise Tisza 2010

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Meeting of V4 CHODs in Hungary

Meeting of V4 CHODs in Hungary

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Defence Minister Tours the Western Balkans

Defence Minister Tours the Western Balkans

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.

Hungarian-Serbian Agreement on Defence Cooperation

Hungarian-Serbian Agreement on Defence Cooperation

Posted: 2012-05-31 Category: EMPA news

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.