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Mar 01, 2019

President Áder highlights new security challenges faced by NATO

President János Áder has highlighted climate change, rising migration pressure and the increased threat of terrorism in Europe as some of the new security challenges faced by NATO

President János Áder has highlighted climate change, rising migration pressure and the increased threat of terrorism in Europe as some of the new security challenges faced by NATO.

Following a meeting of the heads of state of the Bucharest Nine (B9) group in Kosice (Kassa) in eastern Slovakia, President Áder said the B9 leaders agreed that they should spend more on counter-terrorism.

According to MTI, the presidents of the grouping comprising the Visegrád Group, the Baltic states, Bulgaria and Romania also agreed on the need to improve counter-terrorism information sharing and cooperation.

President Áder said it was right to expect NATO member states to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense. Hungary has been behind in this respect, “but we’ve started to catch up”, he said, adding that Hungary has vowed to bring its defense spending up to the required level by no later than 2024.