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    Estonia becomes founding member of Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

    TALLINN, Jul 14, BNS - The head of the Government Office of Estonia, Heiki Loot, and representatives of Norway and Spain on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki.

    With that, Estonia became a founding member of the center of excellence, spokespeople for the Estonian government said.

    "The European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats helps strengthen security in Estonia and the whole of Europe. Estonia is ready to actively contribute its knowledge and experience to the work of the center and to developing the capability for countering hybrid threats. I hope the center will further strengthen the cooperation between NATO and the EU in this sector," Secretary of State Heiki Loot said.

    The main activity of the center of excellence, which will start its work in the second half of 2017, is developing strategic level dialogue and consultation between its member states, the European Union and NATO.

    The center will conduct research into hybrid threats and the methods to counter such threats, and also exercises to improve both the individual capabilities of its member states and interoperability for countering hybrid threats. The center is guided by a steering board composed of representatives of the member states.

    Estonia was actively involved in the establishment of the center. The countries that participated in the discussions leading to the establishment of the center of excellence can join it at the moment it suits them, and they will be considered founding members.

    Besides Finland, the members of the center of excellence also include Sweden, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany, the United States, Spain and Norway. Austria, the Netherlands, Italy and Denmark participated in the consultations for preparing the establishment of the center, but have not joined it yet.

    Activities for countering hybrid threats are a part of broad-based national defense, which is coordinated by the Government Office in Estonia.

    Tallinn newsroom, +372 610 8852,

    Baltic News Service

    • Published: 14.07.2017 15:28
    • LETA, BNS
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