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Jul 05, 2017

Hungary to increase security at major sports events this summer

“A suitable force” will be available to provide security for the FINA World Aquatics Championships, the European Youth Olympics Festival and the Formula One Grand Prix

Hungary has said that it will increase security at major summer events, the government has confirmed.

“Following some one and a half years of preparation, Hungary’s law enforcement and security services are now ready to provide suitable security for the major sports events to be held in Hungary this summer," Zsolt Csampa, state secretary for the Ministry of Interior, has said.

Csampa said that “a suitable force” will be available to provide security for the FINA World Aquatics Championships, the European Youth Olympics Festival and the Formula One Grand Prix.

The state secretary said that over 500 new security cameras are being installed for the events, in addition to which the procurement of explosive disposal equipment has also been accelerated.

Recently, Sándor Pintér, minister of Interior, said that Hungary does not need to raise the terrorist threat level, but tightening security measures at upcoming major international events that attract large numbers of people will be a priority.

Hungary is in “a lucky situation” because its strict measures against illegal migration have prevented the entry of people intending to carry out terrorist acts, he said.