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Aug 28, 2017

Government makes security number one priority to ensure Hungary's safety

“It is good news that Hungary has been listed as the world’s 10th safest country, but we cannot become complacent in view of the fact that the security situation in Europe has never been as bad as it is this year and at the end of this summer," Hungary's government spokesperson said

Hungary will continue to make security its number one priority to ensure Hungarians are safe, it has been revealed.

Hungary's government spokesperson said that despite Hungary making the top ten list of the world's safest countries, "we cannot be complacent".

“The legislative environment must be changed in the interests of the safety of the Hungarian people, and accordingly at Friday’s cabinet meeting the government asked Sándor Pintér, minister of Interior, to speed up this process," said Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács.

“It is good news that Hungary has been listed as the world’s 10th safest country, but we cannot become complacent in view of the fact that the security situation in Europe has never been as bad as it is this year and at the end of this summer," he added. The spokesperson also pointed out that several of the dangers projected in June had become a reality.

“It is also clear that improving the security situation is not just one of Hungary’s most important tasks but also that of every member state of the European Union," he said.

Kovács revealed that the minister of Interior had recommended that the cabinet extend the state of emergency with relation to immigration, which is due to expire at the end of September. He said a decision will be made next week.

The spokesperson said the main topic of discussion at the first cabinet meeting following the summer recess had been domestic and European security.

Kovács added that current legislation and all European examples would be reviewed in relation to any changes in the law, and the task will extend to both border protection and secret service activities.

He also said that the government would decide on the details of the planned amendment of the Act on National Security in the near future.