Government approves military deployment in extreme crises

08-09-2004

On Wednesday the government approved the possibility to deploy over 10,000 soldiers and hundreds of military vehicles in severe emergency situations. The cabinet approved six possible scenarios in which military troops could be deployed, including the event of a terrorist attack, extensive floods, forest fires, serious industrial accidents, cases of mass migration, or widespread epidemics. The document was put together by the ministries of the interior and defence, in cooperation with additional experts.

Within the crisis scenarios, the military could be called to help guard the state border, provide evacuation for inhabitants, help in the construction of emergency access roads and bridges, as well as provide accommodation facilities.