NATO and EU Are Opening Joint Centre for Countering Hybrid Threats

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 20.4.2017 09:01

On 11 April, several NATO and EU members signed a memorandum representing the agreement to establish a European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki. The centre will open later in 2017 and other nations are expected to join in.

Countering hybrid threats has become a priority for NATO, and its officials, as well as officials of the EU, welcomed this step. The memorandum was signed by Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. The Finnish centre, which will focus on research in tackling cyber attacks, propaganda and disinformation, is a part of NATO’s counter-hybrid strategy, which also includes strengthened cooperation with the EU. With the upcoming elections in France and, later this year, in Germany, concerns over cyber interference are rising, especially after Russia’s alleged interference in the U.S. presidential elections. Therefore, it is not surprising that fears of hybrid threats are present mainly in Eastern Europe and other NATO Centres of Excellence are also located in Baltic states.

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