Hungary is a member of the EU. There are lots of discussions about the effect of the obligations and possibilities to Hungarian economy and society but not so much is talked about what the membership means for the Hungarian Armed Forces. This is a result of the ignorance shown toward the Hungarian Armed Forces, by the Hungarian political elite and public. This is a comfortable situation for the politicians as they do not have to take steps in this field. This ignorance towards the EU is totally understandable as national defense isn't yet one of the crucial areas of the EU, but military cooperation with the EU is forced to the background - especially in the Hungarian mentality - behind NATO.