Gajdos Discusses Possible Cooperation with Austrian Defence Minister

Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos. (Stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava/Frauenkirchen, November 7 (TASR) – Slovak Defence Minister Peter Gajdos and his Austrian counterpart Hans Peter Doskozil discussed cooperation possibilities in terms of defence as part of their first bilateral meeting in Austria on Monday.

The meeting formed part of the debate of defence ministers of the Central European Defence Cooperation (CEDC) held in the Austrian town of Frauenkirchen earlier in the day.

“Despite the fact that Austria is a neutral country, we certainly have a number of possibilities for cooperation. I presented our Austrian partner with our modernisation plans as well as possibilities of using our excellent training facilities, either in Lest [Banska Bystrica region] or in the centre of nuclear, chemical and biological protection training in Zemianske Kostolany [Trencin region], where it’s possible to train with real chemicals,” said Gajdos.

The two ministers further discussed the updated version of the White Book on Defence of the Slovak Republic which responds to current threats, such as extremism, terrorism and migration.

The Austrian Minister promised possible support for the so-called Trust Fund for Ukraine, which is under Slovakia’s leadership. Moreover, Austria was interested in cooperating in the field of cyber defence.

Gajdos also praised the organisation of the CEDC meeting hosted by Austria, which is currently the presiding country of CEDC. “Discussions that concern addressing security threats in this region are very important,” said Gajdos.
The CEDC format set up in 2010 consists of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia.