Hungary offers to host NATO DIANA sites

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Hungary is offering to host technology centers and accelerator sites as well as a regional HQ in the framework of NATO's Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) scheme, the Innovation and Technology Ministry said on Thursday, summing up talks between the head of the portfolio, László Palkovics, and David van Weel, NATO's Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges, according to a report by news agency MTI.

NATO members agreed at a summit in the summer to launch DIANA to foster technological cooperation among NATO allies, promote interoperability and encourage the development and adoption of technological solutions to address military needs. 

The initiative will involve establishing 4-5 innovation centers, a number of testing sites, and a regional HQ to coordinate activities, the ministry said. Hungary is offering to host DIANA sites at all three levels at locations in Budapest and Zalaegerszeg, it added.

Van Weel will visit the European Institute of Innovation and Technology in the capital and the ZalaZONE automotive proving ground in Zalaegerszeg during his two-day visit to Hungary.

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