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Meeting of Chiefs of Defence in Spain

Text: HDF General Staff | Photo: by the organization |  13:49 October 24, 2023

On 17-18 October, the Chiefs of Defence of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) met for the first time outside Belgium, in Sevilla, Spain. Hungary was represented at the event by General Dr. Gábor Böröndi, Chief of the HDF General Staff, who attended the sessions together with Major General Tamás Sándor, Hungary’s military representative.


Besides reviewing the Capability Development Plan, the decisions needed for attaining the full operational capability of the European Union Rapid Deployment Capacity (EU RDC) by 2025– which is laid down in the Strategic Compass, approved in 2022 – were also on the agenda of the meeting. At their meeting, the military leaders also discussed EU-initiatives for the short-, mid- and long-term military assistance to Ukraine, as well as the way ahead for the EU missions being conducted in the Sahel.

In the framework of a bilateral meeting, General Böröndi met with his French counterpart, General Thierry Burkhard. During their discussion, the two partners reviewed the issues of Hungary’s engagement in Chad, as well as the security situation of the Balkans and Ukraine.

Following the meeting – on the VIP Day of the LIVEX part – the chiefs of defence observed the EU Crisis Management Military Exercise 23 (MILEX) aboard the amphibious assault ship Juan Carlos I, where the Hungarian Chief of Defence met with Hungarian staff officers, joint terminal attack controllers (JTACs) and servicemembers of the EOD team participating in the exercise.