On Monday, September 18, General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of the HDF General Staff received, on a courtesy call, Rear Admiral Predrag Stipanović, Deputy Director of the Zagreb-based Regional Arms Control Verification and Implementation Assistance Centre (RACVIAC) – Centre for Security Cooperation.
Between 17–22 September, the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation co-organized with Hungary the “Vienna Document 2011 Compliance and Verification Course” in Budapest, Tata and Kecskemét. The newly appointed deputy director of the Centre – who was earlier Military Representative of Croatia to NATO – arrived in Hungary in connection with this event.
At the meeting, the Chief of Defence stated that Hungary considers it a number one priority to preserve the stability of the Western Balkans and strengthen the relations among the countries of the region, and it strongly supports their European integration.
At the meeting, the two partners reviewed the long-standing and traditionally excellent relations between RACVIAC and Hungary, and reaffirmed their maintenance. Hungary delegates an expert to the personnel of RACVIAC, and also contributes to its educational and training tasks via seconding lecturers and providing in-kind financing of the programs.
The mission of the RACVIAC – Centre for Security Cooperation is to foster dialogue and cooperation among the countries of South-East Europe and international partner organizations by providing an independent and impartial platform to discuss matters of peace and security. The Centre implements the above objectives in the forms of program-based cooperation – courses, practical training for experts, conferences, seminars, exercises – with a self-financed budget.