Multinational Land Force (MLF)
Italian–Hungarian–Slovenian Battlegroup
Active1 June 2007 – 31 December 2007[1][2]
1 June 2012 – 31 December 2012[1]
Country Italy
 Hungary
 Slovenia
BranchEU Battlegroup
TypeRapid reaction force
Size1,500

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 1st Light Infantry Battalion (Hungary), Hungarian Ground Forces 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. ^ a b 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. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. ^ Landstrom, Gustav (February 2007). "Enter the EU Battlegroups" (PDF). Chaillot Paper. EUISS (97): 88. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. ^ Bonaiuti, Chiara; Lodovisi, Achille (2010). Sicurezza, controllo e finanza. Le nuove dimensioni del mercato degli armamenti (in Italian). Milan: Editoriale Jaca Book. p. 273. ISBN 8816409274. 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. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ "La Storia". Italian Army website (in Italian). Ufficio Pubblica Informazione e Comunicazione dell'Ufficio Generale del Capo di Stato Maggiore dell'Esercito. Retrieved 9 July 2015.