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The modern Hungarian state needs a secret service, constitutional protection and national security agencies, the prime minister said, at the inauguration of the new building of the Constitution Protection Office (AH) in Budapest.

In his speech, Viktor Orbán underscored the importance of protecting Hungary’s sovereignty, noting that this was primarily the responsibility of the country’s constitutional bodies and institutions.

Construction of the new building cost nearly 30 billion forints (EUR 90.0m), he said. Orbán added that it had been a long time since the Hungarian economy had been in good enough shape, and since the state had the strength and ability, and the government the determination to make this kind of investment. The new building will house every unit of the AH under one roof instead of four different premises as it had been up until now, the prime minister said.

Orbán said constitution protection and secret service had existed since the advent of organised society. “Our opponents are also active in these areas, and we can’t afford … not to be,” Orbán said. “That’s what secret services are for.” Orbán also mentioned contemporary challenges such as cyber protection, new intelligence methods and social media, the latter of which he said was “uncontrolled and hard to keep track of”.