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Sep 20, 2019

PM Orbán stresses importance of the secret service for protecting Hungary

PM Orbán underscored the importance of protecting Hungary’s sovereignty, noting that this was primarily the responsibility of the country’s constitutional bodies and institutions.

During the inauguration of a new building for the Constitution Protection Office (AH) in Budapest, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán underlined the need for the secret service, constitutional protection and national security agencies.

During his speech, PM Orbán underscored the importance of protecting Hungary’s sovereignty, noting that this was primarily the responsibility of the country’s constitutional bodies and institutions.

Construction of the new building cost nearly 30 billion HUF (EUR 90.0m). PM Orbán said that it had been a long time since the Hungarian economy had been in good enough shape, and since the state had the strength and ability, and the government the determination to make this kind of investment. The new building will house every unit of the AH under one roof instead of four different premises as it had been up until now.

PM Orbán said constitution protection and secret service had existed since the advent of organized society. “Our opponents are also active in these areas, and we can’t afford … not to be,” PM Orbán said. “That’s what secret services are for.”

The Prime Minister also mentioned contemporary challenges such as cyber protection, new intelligence methods and social media, the latter of which he said was “uncontrolled and hard to keep track of”.

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