Poland and Hungary to develop military medical training center

Polish Defence Minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, discussed the development of a Polish-Hungarian military medical training center and other EU Battlegroup defence issues with his V4 counterparts during a meeting in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic.

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issues with his V4 counterparts during a meeting in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. "Hungary specialises in military health services," the minister said. "They really have a well-developed competence in that area. Poland has a very well developed competence in special forces. We're joining those two functions and creating a training centre within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which will strengthen defence possibilities, not just for us but for the whole of the Visegrad Group."

Mariusz Błaszczak and his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Lubomir Metnar, Slovakia, Peter Gajdos and Hungary, Tibor Benkoe discussed common goals and collaboration of the V4 EU Battlegroup.

The EU Battlegroups are tactical units at the disposal of the EU leadership ready to undertake activities in EU missions. They are stationed within the 6,000 kilometer radius from Brussels and must be ready for action in 24 hours, if required. Poland plays the role of a so-called “framework nation” in the V4 group, i.e. the leading country providing support to its smaller allies (the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary).

As of 1 July, 2019, military units from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia as well as Croatia have been participating in a combat duty under the framework of the Visegrad EU Battlegroup.

"We very highly value this formula, and the joining of neighbouring countries for the common concern and security of Europe," said Minister Błaszczak commenting on the meeting.

The Polish defence minister also mentioned that joint purchases for the V4 armed forces were discussed, which is another important form of cooperation as the V4 countries specialise in particular fields and should make use of their potential to build out the defensive capacity of the armed forces.

It was also announced that at a future V4 meeting, a representative of Great Britain would participate.