Hungary establishes Defense Council

Government

From left: Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Gábor Bordás, State Secretary for Public Administration of the Prime Minister's Office.

Photo by MTI/Vivien Cher Benko/Prime Minister's Press Office

The Defense Council, a body within the government established to address issues of national security, held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, headed by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the PM's press chief told state news wire MTI.

Hungary must turn special attention toward defending its security and sovereignty in the coming years because of the drawn-out war in Ukraine, the economic crisis in Europe, and growing migration pressure, Bertalan Havasi said.

The Defense Council is headed by the prime minister and its members include the defense minister, the interior minister, the foreign minister, and the head of the PM's Cabinet Office.

The council will meet "as necessary" but at least once every two weeks. Extraordinary meetings may be convened by any of the council's members, according to MTI.

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