Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has announced the creation of a new border protection body within the police to guarantee border security.
In a statement issued on June 29 by the Hungarian government, it was said that the Prime Minister revealed that he had instructed Interior Minister Sándor Pinter to create the new body within the next two months due to concerns related to increasing migratory pressure, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
In this regard, Orbán said that this new body will operate within the police but will not be composed of police or soldiers and, at the same time, will deal exclusively with border protection.
“The Prime Minister praised the police officers currently on duty at the border and said they should be relieved of their duties and allowed to return home to their families. But, likewise, Orbán was unimpressed with the fact that military personnel were currently stationed at the border,” read the statement.
According to Orbán, since the situation was unstable due to the war in Ukraine, Hungarian soldiers should be employed in border protection instead of being trained.
The Independent Border Guard in Hungary was abolished in 2007, leaving the police and military to secure the border.
The decision to create a new border protection body in Hungary comes days after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke on Monday (June 25) about strengthening Europe’s borders. Stoltenberg stressed that combat readiness on the alliance’s eastern borders, especially in the Baltic states, will increase to the brigade level.
Plans will be signed by NATO leaders in Madrid, in which member countries will move more weapons east and deploy troops to defend the area. Stoltenberg also revealed that NATO would increase the number of its high-readiness forces to over 300,000.
“We will continue to work on this. The plan is to have this in place by next year. But, of course, it requires, as always when you do things in NATO, that the Allies provide the forces they have promised to provide and that they respect such a decision,” he added. he noted.
According to Stoltenberg, when the decision was made to have battlegroups in the Baltic countries, it was a smaller number, but this new step was considered too important for the allies.
He also added that it is partly a greater preparation in order to organize the forces into formations that make them available to NATO.