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New participating countries to the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Government Communications Department 14.7.2017 12.48
Press release 344/2017
New participating countries to the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Spain, Norway and Estonia signed the Memorandum of Understanding for establishing the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki today. In April 2017, the document was signed by Finland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany and the United States. Other EU Member States and NATO Allies may also apply for membership of the Centre.

The Act on the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Government proposal 59/2017) entered into force on 1 July 2017. Finland acts as the host country of the Centre. The activities of the Centre support the Government’s objective to strengthen the comprehensive concept of security nationally, in the EU and in international cooperation. The principal aim of the Centre is to increase awareness of hybrid threats and of vulnerabilities that can be exploited in hybrid operations.

The start-up phase has been launched and the Centre is to be fully operational in early 2018. The Centre is based in Helsinki and forms a network of experts for the participating countries.   

European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats established in Helsinki (Press release on 11 April)

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Inquiries: Matti Saarelainen, Director, tel. +358 295 160451, European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats