The EU-Russia Expert Network on foreign policy (EUREN) will meet in Helsinki on 13 December to focus on hybrid threats, their scope and perceptions in particular in the context of EU-Russia relations. The event will be hosted by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki.
The European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Markus Ederer, will open the conference and participate in the session on the EU’s and Russia's perceptions of hybrid threats.
During the meeting, the European and Russian experts will discuss the different concepts and perceptions related to hybrid threats, and analyze approaches to countering hybrid threats in the EU and Russia. Finally, they will explore if, how and when the EU and Russia could exchange information about hybrid threats.
Rapidly evolving hybrid activities by state and non-state groups continue to pose a serious and acute challenge to security in Europe. Hybrid threats are multidimensional activities, combining coercive and subversive measures, and using both conventional and unconventional methods that can be of diplomatic, military, economic or technological nature. In April 2016, the EU adopted the Framework to counter hybrid threats and foster the resilience of the EU. It offers a comprehensive approach to improve the common response to the challenges posed by hybrid activities to Member States, citizens and the collective security of Europe.
EUREN brings together 40 prominent foreign policy experts. It was initiated in 2016 by the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation and the Russian International Affairs Council as a platform for dialogue between foreign policy experts and think tanks from EU member states and Russia. They exchange views on relevant issues pertaining to EU-Russia relations and formulate policy recommendations to political leaders in the EU and Russia.