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KTK: Government establishes security advisory body

A new permanent body, the Strategic Advisory Council, has been set up to aid the work of the prime minister and the government in strengthening Hungary's security and improving the living conditions of the Hungarian people, the Government Information Centre (KTK) said in a statement on Monday.

Headed by Balazs Orban, the prime minister’s political director, the council will be tasked from March 14 with making proposals to the government focused on optimising resilience to risks related to sovereignty and security, as well as social, economic, cultural and other risks, the statement said.

A secretariat set up within the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office and overseen by the political director will be in charge of tasks related to the advisory council’s operations, it added.

Members of the council are Gyorgy Bakondi, the prime minister’s chief national security advisor, Arpad Kovacs, head of the State Audit Office, Jozsef Kovacs, state secretary for national information, Miklos Maroth, science policy advisor to the prime minister, Karoly Papp, state secretary in charge of the civilian national security services, and Istvan Stumpf, a political scientist and constitutional lawyer.

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