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Multinational Land Force (MLF)
Italian–Hungarian–Slovenian Battlegroup
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Active 1 June 2007 – 31 December 2007[1][2]
1 June 2012 – 31 December 2012[1]
Country  Italy
 Hungary
 Slovenia
Allegiance  European Union
Branch EU Battlegroup
Type Rapid reaction force
Size 1500
Part of European Union Military Staff

The Multinational Land Force (MLF), also known as the Italian–Hungarian–Slovenian Battlegroup[3] is an EU Battlegroup led by Italy, in which Hungary and Slovenia also participate.

The MLF originated in the late 1990s, when Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi took the initiative to form a Trilateral Brigade with Slovenia and Hungary. The Italian Alpine Brigade Julia formed the core of the new battlegroup, and also provided its headquarters in Udine; the Slovenian 10th Motorized Battalion and the Hungarian 1st Light Infantry Battalion moved in with them on 5 September 2001. On 10 January 2002, the MLF was formally established, after which training exercises began.[4][5]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Volpi, Valerio (2011). Why Europe Will Not Run the 21st Century: Reflections on the Need for a New European Federation. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 155. ISBN 1443830526. https://books.google.com/books?id=wAYrBwAAQBAJ&pg=PA155. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  2. Landstrom, Gustav (February 2007). "Enter the EU Battlegroups". EUISS. pp. 88. http://www.iss.europa.eu/uploads/media/cp097.pdf. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  3. Bonaiuti, Chiara; Lodovisi, Achille (2010) (in it). Sicurezza, controllo e finanza. Le nuove dimensioni del mercato degli armamenti. Milan: Editoriale Jaca Book. p. 273. ISBN 8816409274. https://books.google.com/books?id=GpuaQRW1UMcC&pg=273. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  4. Blaise Nkfunkoh Ndamnsah. "Diversity and Cultural Issues in Multinational Co-Operations: Case of the Italian-Slovenian-Hungarian Multinational Land Force (Mlf)"Battle Group"". UACES website. University Association for Contemporary European Studies. http://www.uaces.org/events/conferences/bilbao/papers/abstract.php?paper_id=59. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  5. "La Storia" (in it). Italian Army website. Ufficio Pubblica Informazione e Comunicazione dell'Ufficio Generale del Capo di Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito. http://www.esercito.difesa.it/organizzazione/aree-di-vertice/comando-delle-forze-operative-terrestri/Comando-Truppe-Alpine/Brigata-Alpina-Julia/Multinational-Land-Force/Pagine/La-Storia.aspx. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 

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