New Council Horizontal Working Party established to counter hybrid threats

EU2019FI 11.7.2019 19.42 | Published in English on 11.7.2019 at 21.16
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The Permanent Representatives Committee, Coreper, decided on 11 July 2019 to establish a new dedicated working party on countering hybrid threats. The mission of the working party is to improve the resilience of the EU and its member states against hybrid threats and to support action to strengthen the crisis resilience of societies. The working party will also facilitate coordination within the Council and foster cooperation with the other EU institutions, services and agencies.

The EU member states and institutions continue to face multidimensional hybrid threats which are difficult to detect and define. This is why Finland’s Presidency aims to improve the capacity of the EU and its member states to identify hybrid threats and step up cooperation to counter them, with the aim of increasing the safety and security of EU citizens in a comprehensive manner. The member states have intensified their cooperation considerably over the past few years because of the cross-border nature of hybrid threats.

“The new Horizontal Working Party is a step towards more systematic and better coordinated cooperation. Hybrid threats are multidimensional and in constant change. That is why countering them and strengthening the crisis resilience of the EU calls for cooperation across all policy fields,” says Turo Mattila, Chair of the new Horizontal Working Party.

The working party will be chaired by the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Its establishment was a joint proposal of the current Presidency trio, consisting of Romania, Finland and Croatia.


Turo Mattila, First Secretary, Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU, tel. 32 473 524 299 , firstname.lastname(at)

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