Hungary’s govt submits defence bill

Budapest, June 10 (MTI) – The government has submitted a bill to establish a voluntary reserve force, unarmed military service as well as a civil-defence force, parliament’s website said on Friday.  

The bill, based on Hungary’s new constitution, is scheduled to come into force together with the basic law on January 1, 2012.


According to the new constitution, Hungary is to have a voluntary army in peace times as well as a system of voluntary reserve officers.


During times of war or an emergency conscripts can request unarmed service for reasons of conscience.


The bill seeks to exempt from military service men who raise at least three children or if they are older than 40.


The government has requested urgent discussion of the bill.