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Watch: President Niinistö opens new hybrid threat centre in Helsinki

Finland’s president Sauli Niinistö officially opens the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats on Monday.

Finland's new hybrid threat centre opens on Monday with speeches from dignitaries and high level guests from NATO and the EU.

The purpose of the new organisation is to produce analysis on hybrid threats and vulnerabilities in societies. Such threats include interference in elections, disinformation campaigns and malicious cyber activities, and can come from non-state actors or hostile states using covert means.

Speakers at the inauguration event in Helsinki include the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini. Finland’s prime minister Juha Sipilä will also attend.

Currently, 12 countries are participating in the organisation, including Finland, Sweden, Germany, Great Britain and the United States, but membership in the centre is open to any EU or NATO country.

The web-streaming of the inauguration will be available at YLE Areena starting at 5 pm.

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