PM Orbán: NATO must be prepared for epidemics and mass migration

Hungary has already met a NATO commitment to use 20 percent of its defense budget on developments.

Ahead of a one-day summit of NATO in Brussels, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said NATO and its member states must be prepared to face challenges posed by epidemics and mass migration in the coming decade.

According to MTI, PM Orbán said the summit could be a “turning point” if the organization’s new strategic plan for up to 2030 is adopted, and he expressed support for the draft. PM Orbán said the new strategy was aimed at strengthening “national resilience capabilities”, adding that Hungary actively contributed to such efforts “whether it is the fight against the coronavirus or against migration”. “We have something to say and we have something to contribute,” he said.

Concerning a commitment NATO’s members have made to boosting their defense spending to 2 percent of their GDP, PM Orbán said: “We’ll be good once we deliver on our commitments.” Hungary intends to reach that goal by 2022-23, he said, adding that he wished Hungary were in that position already. He noted, however, that some NATO members were further off that target. Hungary, he added, has already met another commitment to use 20 percent of its defense budget on developments, and the country was in the “forefront” in respect of those obligations. “We live in a place where you cannot exist without an army, where there is no security without the military.”