The Memorandum of Understanding for establishing the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 April, in the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Timo Soini, and representatives from the European Union and NATO.
The signatory states were Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The Centre will engage in research and analysis, conduct practical training and provide consultations aiming to build resilience of the European countries against hybrid threats.
The Centre will be based in Helsinki and pool the efforts of the EU and NATO member state experts for joint action in raising awareness of and fighting against hybrid threats. The establishment of the Centre is living proof of enhanced cooperation between the EU and NATO, and the Centre is expected to develop contacts with NATO Centres of Excellence in the Baltic States.