Orbán convenes security panel over Brussels attacks

March 23, 2016


State-run media reports the Hungarian government will place the country’s terror threat level at stage 2 because of the attacks in Brussels, reports nol.hu.

The increased threat level is why many Budapesters and travelers passing through Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport have seen so many counter-terrorism commandos on street corners, around monuments and government buildings, and at transportation hubs.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that yet another modification to Hungary’s Fundamental Law would be on the agenda at Wednesday’s government meeting.

Last year Hungary changed its terror threat level rankings. There are currently four levels (“1” being the highest risk and “4” being the lowest).

Orbán has called on Minister of the Interior Sándor Pintér to come to the government meeting prepared with terrorism response plans that had been put on the side-burner earlier.

The prime minister said Hungary needs to upgrade certain technological capabilities to catch up to those countries that have the most high-tech secret state security services.

“We are going to purchase some technologies, and provide training and classes,” he said.

Orbán called on Hungarians to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and to be patient amidst the increased public presence of law enforcement personnel.

He said the target of Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels was not Belgium, but Europe. Based on this, Orbán said the attack was also an attack against Hungary that did not take place on Hungarian territory.

The  prime minister said  Hungary is a member of the European Union and it must be prepared to take all necessary action to deal with the situation.