The justice minister has said Hungary is among the European Union’s most active members when it comes to security and defense policy.
Attending the Berlin Security Conference, Judit Varga, Minister of Justice, said cooperation with Germany in the areas of security and defense were “exceptionally good”. The minister added that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán had spoken about boosting Europe’s defense capabilities as early as 2016, “and this idea is gaining traction”.
MTI reports that at a panel discussion concerning the role of women in peace and security, Minister Varga said Hungary has been active in strengthening the position of women, and the government is drafting a related action plan.
The minister noted that the Hungary Helps scheme provides support to people living in war zones, and the aid it delivers to such areas eases the everyday lives of women. Hungary, she added, is helping to rebuild Karakos, the largest Christian city in Iraq, which suffered at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group.
During her trip to Germany, Minister Varga also met senior editors of influential German papers. She said reports on Hungary by Germany’s mainstream media were “critical in tone”, and much which was positive was passing German readers by, such as increased international recognition for Hungary’s contribution to Europe’s security and to its security beyond Europe’s borders.
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