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Text: Command of the Hungarian Defence Forces | Photo: Warrant Officer Lajos Szabó |  12:16 September 22, 2022

Between 19th and 21st September a meeting of the governing body of the PESCO Cyber and Information Domain Coordination Centre (CIDCC), implemented within the framework of the PESCO program of the European Union, was held in Budapest, organised by the Cyber Inspectorate of the Hungarian Defence Forces Command. The event was opened by Gáspár Maróth, the Secretary of State for Defence Policy and Defence Development, Ministry of Defence.

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In his speech, Mr Maróth emphasized that cyber defence and the building of cyber defence capabilities are a priority in both NATO and the European Union. However, this is not possible without international cooperation based on trust. The present PESCO project, in which besides the Netherlands, France, and Germany, Hungary also participates as a permanent member is one of the best examples of joint EU efforts to protect cyberspace.

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In addition to the permanent members, another ten countries participate in the project as observers. The current head of the steering committee, Major General Michael Heinz Farber expressed his gratitude to Hungary for the support it provides for the launch of the project and for its ongoing work.

The host of the event, Brigadier General László Kovács, Inspector of the Hungarian Defence Forces Cyber Inspectorate, said that one of the most important goals of the project is to create a permanent centre for information sharing essential for the planning and execution of cyber defence and cyber operations. This centre will be capable of providing the EU’s military missions with a clear picture of cyber situations. All these measures will contribute to enabling the European Union to demonstrate its effective defence in cyberspace in addition to its operations in physical domains.