The aim of Hybrid CoE is to provide a single location dedicated to furthering a common understanding of hybrid threats and promoting the development of comprehensive, whole-of-government response at national levels and of coordinated response at EU and NATO levels in countering hybrid threats.
In addressing these questions, the functions of Hybrid CoE include the following:
- to encourage strategic-level dialogue and consulting between and among Participants, the EU and NATO;
- to investigate and examine hybrid influencing targeted to Western democracies by state and non-state actors and to map participants vulnerabilities and improve their resilience and response
- to conduct tailored training and arrange scenario-based exercises for practitioners aimed at enhancing the Participants’ individual capabilities, as well as interoperability between and among Participants, the EU and NATO for countering hybrid threats;
- to conduct research and analysis into hybrid threats and methods to counter such threats;
- to engage with and invite dialogue with governmental, non-governmental experts and practitioners from a wide range of professional sectors and disciplines aiming at improving situational awareness of hybrid threats.
Currently, the Participants are Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA. Participation in the Centre is open to EU Member States and NATO Allies. The EU and NATO are actively participating in activities of the Centre.
The initiative to establish Hybrid CoE originates from the Joint Communication by the European Commission and the High Representative to the European Parliament and the Council “Joint framework on countering hybrid threats – a European Union response”, decided in Brussels on 6 April 2016. The initiative was supported in the Common set of proposals for the implementation of the Joint EU/NATO Declaration, endorsed by the Council of the European Union and the North Atlantic Council on 6 December 2016.
Hybrid CoE is a leading facilitator and enabler building participants’ capabilities and enhancing EU-NATO cooperation in countering hybrid threats