NATO approved headquarters in Slovakia

NATO gave the green light to the creation of two logistics centres on the eastern EU border, one in Slovakia and one in Hungary, during its October 8 meeting in Brussels, the Sme daily reported. 

Slovakia hosted an international logistics training attended by participants from NATO countries in June 2013.Slovakia hosted an international logistics training attended by participants from NATO countries in June 2013.(Source: SME)

“This will help bolster the defences of our Allies in Central and Eastern Europe,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said, as quoted by NATO official webpage.

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Logistics Centres are a type of small headquarters with around 80 employees, approximately half of whom are people from the hosting country. The NATO team in Slovakia will be smaller with 41 people and 21 of them will be Slovaks.

NATO wants to see the integration team boost its ability for combat, mainly in deploying super-fast reaction units and fast reaction troops. This team should make sure that NATO forces will be received smoothly in Slovakia if they are deployed in the country. They also should coordinate exercises involving Slovak and NATO military units.

The costs will be covered by the Defence Ministry and from NATO budgets. Slovakia is currently preparing to build the necessary infrastructure, TASR wrote.

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