News September 6, 2017

Hybrid CoE will host EU-NATO discussions on Baltic Sea region

At the launch seminar of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats on 6 September in Helsinki, Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini gave a speech in which he congratulated the Hybrid Centre on reaching initial operational capability and thanked the other participating countries for their involvement in launching the Centre.

“The commitment of the participating countries, the EU and NATO creates confidence in the future of this cooperation”, he noted.

As his concrete initiative to Hybrid CoE, minister Soini invited the Centre to promote EU–NATO cooperation in the assessment of hybrid threats and risks in the Baltic Sea region. This was a joint initiative with the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström.

Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini addressing the launch seminar of Hybrid CoE

-If launched by the hybrid centre, this initiative could serve as a model for developing the assessment in other regions, such as the Mediterranean or Black Sea, Soini said.

At their Press Point on Hybrid Threats at Hybrid CoE in Helsinki, EU Commissioner Julian King and NATO Assistant Secretary General Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven endorsed the initiative of Foreign Ministers Soini and Wallström.

EU Commissioner Julian King and NATO Assistant Secretary General Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven at the Press Point on Hybrid Threats

Hybrid CoE Director Matti Saarelainen viewed also positively the initiative about a hybrid risk assessment in the Baltic Sea region in cooperation between the Centre of Excellence, the EU and NATO.

– The Hybrid Centre of Excellence is ready to host an expert meeting already during this autumn. We are willing to convene staff representatives of the EU and NATO to a joint workshop to assess hybrid threats and risks in the Baltic Sea region, director states.

Hybrid CoE Director Matti Saarelainen hosting the seminar on Hybrid Challenge 2017

Share:

More posts:

September 15, 2020 ‘Mind the Gaps’ online symposium, Hybrid Warfare: Future & Technologies (HYFUTEC) Presentation of project findings On 15 September, Hybrid CoE and its Community of Interest Strategy & Defence, in cl...

September 11, 2020 Rasmus Hindrén appointed as Head of International Relations in the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats MSSc Rasmus Hindrén is appointed as Head of International Relations in the European Cen...

September 5, 2020 Hybrid Warfare from the Arctic Region to the Black Sea Hybrid CoE contributes to Black Sea and Balkans Security Forum 2020 Dr Johann Schmid, D...

August 6, 2020 The Slovak Republic becomes Hybrid CoE’s 28th participating state This afternoon, Mr Peter Beňo, Deputy Head of Mission from the Embassy of the Slovak Re...

August 5, 2020 Job vacancy: HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS for a two-year term from September 2020 The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) is looking...

July 10, 2020 China’s use of hybrid threats in its power politics China is seeking great power status and is significantly expanding its global influence...

June 29, 2020 Slovakia will join the Hybrid CoE Mr. Ivan Korcok, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic signed today a lett...

June 26, 2020 One China under media heaven: How Beijing hones its skills in information operations Traditionally, China’s influence toolbox has contained a mixture of public diplomacy an...