Twenty-five years of the Hungarian–Romanian Mixed BattalionText: Corporal Ákos Szemenyei | Photo: by the author |  13:18 April 3, 2023
At the end of March, the soldiers of the HDF 30th Mechanized Infantry Brigade also participated in a ceremony held to mark the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Hungarian–Romanian Mixed Peacekeeping Battalion in Arad, Romania.
On 20 March 1998, Hungary and Romania concluded an agreement in Budapest about the establishment of a mixed battalion with the aim of deepening military cooperation between the two countries and supporting possible peacekeeping and humanitarian activities. After the handover of the commander’s position, both nations received the recognitions in Arad.
The ceremony held on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the battalion was attended by Brigadier General Gábor Lőrincz, Commander, HDF Land Component Command, as well as Colonel Zsolt Molnár, Commander, HDF 30th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. In their prayers, the ecclesiastical notabilities and field chaplains present at the event said thanks for the results of the mixed battalion and asked for blessing on the cooperation that is to continue into the future.
“The Hungarian–Romanian Mixed Peacekeeping Battalion worthily represents professional knowledge and commitment, and for this reason it has become one of the most important means of regional cooperation between nations”, said Brigadier General Gábor Lőrincz in his speech.
Every year, the soldiers of the mixed battalion conduct an exercise, the venue of which is alternatingly provided by the two countries. The leadership and control of the battalion is done in compliance with NATO doctrines, and the nations fill the leadership positions in annual rotation.