European Union External Action

Official visit to Estonia

07/10/2020 - 08:53
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On 1st and 2nd October, the Chairman of the EU Military Committee payed an official visit to Estonia, the first after the pandemic.

In Tallin, General Graziano met the local authorities, both military and political and discussed the situation in the international scenario, the threats that affect the Baltic region and the EU - NATO cooperation.

The Chairman had the opportunity to meet with Mr Jüri Luik, the Minister of Defence and Mr Rainer Saks, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Then the Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces, major general Martin Herem, updated the general on the current situation in the area and on the challenges that threaten Europe’s borders.

During the meetings General Graziano expressed his appreciation for the commitment and said: “I think that we must stay committed in securing the Baltic region from the new and old challenges. Being here today, in spite of all the travel challenges related to Coronavirus, is proof of how important it was to discuss with local authorities  about many items of mutual interest, in the security and defence domain”. 

The Chairman also visited the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, where he was briefed on the activities run by the center and on the upcoming methodologies used in cyber attack and affirmed that “Cyber domain is of primary importance in securing our interests and societies and we must invest in education to prevent these threats.”

During the visit, the Chairman of the EUMC delivered lectures on “The Challenges to the EU Defence”  at the Baltic Defence College, where he said that “International scenario is worsening, also due to the pandemic, Estonia - and of course EU - are facing new challenges and old threats both on the eastern and southern borders of the Union”.

General Graziano gave the participants his perception of the security scenarios the EU and the International Community are currently facing trying to stress the sense of urgency to react that those scenarios are raising, a sense of urgency that needs to be widely communicated and understood.