The Hungarian government will make security its top priority in 2018.
Europeans will prize security above all else and the Hungarian government prizes the security of the Hungarian people similarly, Károly Kontrát, parliamentary state secretary of the ministry of the interior, said.
Kontrát said that in 2018 the government will devote an extra 50 billion HUF (16.1m EUR) to support the operations and development of the police and the counter-terrorism and national security agencies in order to handle the problem of migration affecting Europe and the persistent danger of terrorism.
The state secretary added that as long as migration is on the agenda, the government will maintain border-protection measures.
“Border defenses protect not only the Hungarian people but also the security of Europe as a whole,” he said.
Tamás Vargha, parliamentary state secretary for defense, said Hungarian troops would continue to take part in border defense next year. The defense budget will be raised by 74 billion HUF (238m EUR) to 428 billion HUF, he said.
Vargha added that Hungarian soldiers would continue their peacekeeping and other missions in all the countries they are now stationed.