Peace Support Operation Cooperation Course in Hungary

Defence Forces International Centre FINCENT 4.12.2017 16.53
Press release

The first international Peace Support Operation Cooperation Course (PSOCC) was organised by the Hungarian Defence Forces’ Peace Support Training Centre (HDF PSTC) in Szolnok, Hungary with the support of two Finnish instructors.

An International Peace Support Operation Cooperation Course was organised by the Hungarian Defence Forces’ Peace Support Training Centre (HDF PSTC) in Szolnok, Hungary between 6th and 17th November, 2017.

22 students took part in the course from 8 different countries: China, Egypt, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Pakistan, Serbia and Tunisia delegated officers and NCOs in order to improve their knowledge and skills related to cooperation, coordination and liaison.

The course was originally designed and developed by the Finnish Defence Forces International Centre (FINCENT, Helsinki). Based on a bilateral agreement, FINCENT has supported HDF PSTC for many years. Year after year guest instructors broaden and strengthen the mutual support in PSO training courses between the two Centres as part of an exchange programme. HDF PSTC’s first international PSOCC was supported by two Finnish instructors, whose experience and positive attitude helped to implement a successful course in Szolnok.


Finnish instructors Oula Lahti and Minna Ruolanto

The aim of the PSOCC is to prepare military, police and civilian personnel for coordination, cooperation and liaison tasks, at a tactical level, in Peace Support Operations led by the UN, AU, EU or NATO. Students improve and update skills in order to be able to work effectively in a multicultural environment and to their enhance interoperability within the peace support community. This course is highly recommended for personnel without previous PSO-experience.

During the two-week course several speakers delivered their presentations, representing their respective International Organisations (IOs) whose mission is to maintain peace and security around the world – among others Mr. André Erdős, vice president of the UN Association of Hungary; Mr. Máté Tóth, Protection Associate of the UNHCR Regional Representation for Central Europe; Colonel Ákos Tajti, Military Adviser, Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations; Colonel László Szatmári, Military Representative, Permanent Mission of Hungary to the OSCE.

HDF PSTC has been a member of the community of NATO’s Partnership Training and Education Centres since 2016. This membership empowers the training institute to increase its activities across the spectrum of international PSO training courses.

The establishment and implementation of the PSOCC, and offering the course to the international community is a valuable opportunity to strengthen HDF PSTC’s position and express our interest in the activities of NATO PTECs.