Estonia is planning on joining the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats in Helsinki this year, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas said on Wednesday.
"We are definitely among the countries establishing the center," Ratas said at a briefing in the Riigikogu in response to a question from an MP. The prime minister explained that the 16 countries who recently launched the process of establishing the center have agreed that anybody joining the center in 2017 will be a founding member.
"Currently nine countrie have officially announced that they want to be founding members," Ratas said, responding to a question from Reform MP Erik-Niiles Kross. "We have decided in the government that we want to be among the founding members of the center."
Joining the center will cost Estonia about €60,000 annually and they will find the money for that, he noted.
The Estonian government was recently criticized when Finland, Sweden, the U.K., Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, France, Germany and the U.S. on April 11 signed a memorandum of understanding for the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats and Estonia was not among the signatories. Former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called the decision a total failure in foreign policy.
Editor: Aili Vahtla