On the morning of Wednesday, 25 November – the Memorial Day of Hungarian Political Prisoners and Forced Labourers Transported to the Soviet Union – a moment of silence was observed and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the memorial stone of the victims of Gulags in Budapest.
The Hungarian Defence Forces are providing for the special protection of foreign military personnel in Hungary in an organised effort, Tibor Benkő, Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces told the Hungarian News Agency MTI on Saturday.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in France, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán decided that the protection of Hungary must be reinforced. To this end, the National Security Task Force headed by the Prime Minister met and decided on the introduction of reinforced security measures.
The agenda of the EU chiefs of defence meeting included crises in the east and the south as well as the issue of migration. The European Union Military Committee (EUMC) met at the level of chiefs of defence in Brussels on Wednesday and Thursday, 28–29 October 2015 in the spirit of preparing for the meetings of the European Council at the level of Heads of State and Government and the Defence Ministers to be held in December.
On 26 October Hungarian Chief of Defence Gen. Dr. Tibor Benkő attended a conference held in Madrid with the participation of Chiefs of Defence from countries of the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
“Courage and the desire for freedom occupy an important place in the Hungarian character” Minister of Defence István Simicskó said on Thursday at a memorial to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution held at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Close to 1,000 volunteer reservists are currently on active duty in the military organizations of the Hungarian Defence Force.
At a conference of the Hungarian Atlantic Council in Budapest on Tuesday 13 October, Minister of Defence Dr. István Simicskó said that for the maintenance of Europe’s security there is a great need for the United States, but the great power also needs Europe. US Ambassador to Budapest Colleen Bell also said that the United States needs a strong Europe, which in turn needs a strong United States.
NATO defence ministers held a day-long meeting at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Thursday 8 October 2015. The Hungarian minister of defence conducted several bilateral discussions in addition to the meeting.