On 2 March, László Hajnik, MoD Deputy State Secretary for Defence Policy held an official discussion with his Italian partner, Admiral Gianfranco Annunziata in Rome. At the meeting, the defence policy leaders signed the schedule of the bilateral Italian–Hungarian military cooperation in a ceremony.
Since our intensive and wide-ranging bilateral military-to-military relationship with Italy covers the conduct of several joint exercises of air force, air defence and land forces units, as well as cooperation in the fields of military medicine, cyber defence and military technology, and since there is a very wide-ranging collective work going on in the field of war grave care and military history, there has been a need for a document which provides a framework for these activities and makes them schedulable.
Another key objective of the schedule is to facilitate regular dialogue on defence policy issues. By this, the Rome meeting has served as an official starting point for the organization of an upcoming coordinative discussion on the ministerial level.
The current issues naturally present on the agenda of the discussion were those that have outstanding significance for both sides, for example the Russo-Ukrainian War, migration, the tackling of challenges from the south and the security of the Western Balkans.
The key directions in the ongoing cooperation between the two countries are presently the Italian contribution to the enhanced Vigilance Activity Battle Group (eVA BG), pilot training as well as the possible cooperation in defence industry. The Italian and the Hungarian delegations mutually assured each other of their similar approaches in the field of defence policy, and so they need to exchange experiences and conduct close cooperation in the future, too, continuously seeking new possibilities as well.
During the discussion, Deputy State Secretary László Hajnik was also received by Italian Deputy Chief of Defence Major General Carmine Masiello.
(Press release of the Ministry of Defence Department for International Cooperation)