He said due to the prolonged war in Ukraine as well as the European economic crisis and intensifying migration pressure emerging in its wake, in the coming years we must pay even more attention to protecting Hungary’s security and sovereignty.
The Defence Council operating within the government will play a prominent role in this as this body will oversee, among others, the national security services, public security, border policing, defence, refugee affairs, disaster management, anti-terrorism as well as the proposals and reports related to defence developments.
The Defence Council is a political decision-making forum vested with special powers in governmental decision-making, headed by the prime minister, while the senior advisor for national security serves as its secretary. Members of the Defence Council are the Minister heading the Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister, the Interior Minister, the Defence Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the senior advisor for national security appointed by the Prime Minister. Meetings of the Defence Council will also be attended as a permanent invitee by the state secretary for administration of the Government Bureau of the Prime Minister.
The Defence Council will meet as frequently as necessary, but minimum every two weeks. Any member can initiate the convening of an extraordinary meeting.