The Hungarian government considers it important to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities and will therefore devote 30% more resources to defense in 2022 compared to this year, State Secretary at the Foreign Ministry Tamás said on Saturday. Menczer in Nagykovácsi.
Speaking at the opening of a military culture festival, Menczer stressed the need for a strong Hungarian defense because “we live in dangerous times. In addition to the pandemic, we are exposed to the danger of illegal mass migration, against which we must defend ourselves. “
Since the 2015 migration crisis, terrorists with an immigrant background have murdered more than 300 innocent people in Europe and injured more than 1,300, he said.
Minister of Defense: a strong Hungary “unimaginable” without a strong army
The army development program allows us to live in calm, peace and security, Minister Benkő said.
This is a problem of the present and the past, Menczer said, as the withdrawal of the international coalition from Afghanistan has turned the country into a potential source of mass migration, from which 4 million displaced people inside the country are already on their way. Half of the country’s 40 million people live on humanitarian aid, and millions and tens of millions of people could decide to leave for Europe at any time because of their living conditions, he said. he warned.
Hungary’s defense spending will exceed 1000 billion forints (2.8 billion euros) for the first time next year, about half of which will be spent on developments, the secretary of state said. Hungary will honor its NATO commitment to spend 2% of its GDP on defense spending by 2024 at the latest, he added. And we have started to deliver on the commitment to spend 20% of the defense budget on developments already five years before the deadline, Menczer said.
Compared to 2010, the amount of spending on defense and the development of military forces will more than triple next year, said the secretary of state.