Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán attended a two-day long summit of the European Council in Brussels on June 22-23 where European leaders agreed to strengthen the EU’s defensive capabilities in a move that would eventually pave the way for a common European military force.

The plan for a multi-billion dollar common European Union defense policy will allow coalitions of the willing to conduct more robust missions abroad and activates a previously dormant opt-in mechanism in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty under which European Union countries are permitted to launch joint security projects without unanimous consent among EU Member States.

In a press conference following the summit, Prime Minister Orbán stressed that the maintaining the EU's defensive posture and capabilities remain crucial and underpin the continent’s economic and political strength.

Speaking about the Syrian Civil War and ongoing migration crisis in Europe, Prime Minister Orbán firmly rejected the European Union’s compulsory migrant quotas and insisted that the EU has no right to dictate national identity to Hungary or any other Member State. He added that, unlike some states, Hungary does not consider the distribution of migrants who have entered the European Union as a technical matter expressing solidarity, but as an issue of identity.

Instead, Prime Minister Orbán urged that the EU must prioritize policy issues where there is clear and unambiguous agreement among Member States that provides a clear base for cooperation.