General Patrick de Rousiers, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee has made an official visit to Hungary on the 31st of October 2014. The highest ranking military officer of the EU has also held a presentation on the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy at the Hungária Campus of NUPS.
The General was officially welcomed by Colonel Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training, Colonel Prof. Dr. László Kovács, Vice-Dean for Science and International Affairs and Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander of the Hungarian Armed Forces “Ludovika” Battalion.
In his interesting and dynamic presentation, General de Rousiers reminded about the organizational elements defining the European Union’s common security policy and had a distinctive focus on the rapid reaction force that could be one of the EU’s military pillars in the future. The discussion was held under the moderation of General (ret.) Prof. Dr. Zoltán Szenes, Head of the Department of International and Security Studies at the Institute of International Studies. General Szenes highlighted the issue of the coordination between the common areas of activity of NATO and the EU – a point which General de Rousiers touched upon several times.
After the presentation, Colonel Boldizsár displayed the organizational structure, mission and role of the National University of Public Service. General de Rousiers showed great interest regarding the common training module of the three branches of public service (military and law enforcement officers and public administration officials) emphasizing the importance of their cooperation in today’s crisis situations.
At the end of the event, Colonel Kovács handed over the regards and present of Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS to General de Rousiers saying thanks to his honourable visit and presentation at the university.