Government to provide money for Estonia to join hybrid threat center ({{commentsTotal}})

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE).
Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE). Source: (Eero Vabamägi/Postimees/Scanpix)

The Cabinet on Thursday approved a package which will guarantee the necessary funding for Estonia to join the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats being established in Helsinki.

According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE), the government will provide the money necessary for Estonia to join the center as well as for its continued participation in the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) in Vilnius.

The initial entry fee for the new center will be €60,000, to which fixed costs will be added. The center's annual budget is €1.5 million, half of which will come from membership fees and other half of which is to be picked up by Finland, the center's host country.

The signatory founding members of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats are Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.

The center will be tasked with strengthening member states' resistance to hybrid threats as well as raise awareness on the subject of hybrid threats. The center will organize training events and exercises, conduct studies and share information regarding key findings with member states.

The center will operate on the basis of a joint network, hiring only a limited number of employees itself.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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