European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats officially opens in Helsinki
On 2 October, the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was officially opened in Helsinki, Finland. The centre was opened and speeches were given by the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä.
On behalf of the country, the President of Finland thanked the Governments of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and Spain for their contribution to the establishment of the centre.
The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg highlighted that the centre should become a platform for sharing the NATO-EU information and experience, and for working closely with other NATO’s Centres of Excellence in the Baltic states.
The opening ceremony was also attended by the Ambassador of Lithuania to Finland Valdemaras Sarapinas, the Director of the Vilnius-based NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Colonel Gintaras Bagdonas and the Legal Advisor Renata Vaišvilienė.
The Centre of Excellence centre that was set up in our region will allow the Nordic and Baltic countries, and Poland to update topics relating to the fight against hybrid threats in a broader context, and to draw attention to security challenges of the Baltic Sea region, including Russia’s information warfare, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, energy security, etc. The centre will open up an opportunity for Lithuanian experts to engage into the fight against hybrid threats, also to share Lithuania’s practice and experiences.
For more information, please take a look at http://www.hybridcoe.fi/
Plokščiai, village in the Šakiai district, was a place of festive scientific conference, called ‘100 years of the state. Lithuania. Finland’ on the 21st of the May. Participants of this conference included Deputy of the Chairman of Parliament of Lithuania Arvydas Nekrošius, doctor of humanitarian sciences Arvydas Vidžiūnas, Ambassador of Finland in Lithuania Christer Michelsson, Ambassador of Lithuania in Finland Valdemaras Sarapinas, the mayor of Šakiai district Edgaras Pilypaitis, professors Hannu Niemi and Stasys Skrodenis, and other speakers.
The Embassy of Lithuania to Finland and the Embassy of Poland to Finland for the first time together celebrated the anniversary of the Constitution of the Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth of 3 May 1791. The reception took place in the Finnish House of Nobility (Ritarihuone), on the 7th of the May.
During the meeting, which was held at the Embassy of Lithuania on the 23th of the March, it was agreed for co-operation and tighter coordination on promoting bilateral economic projects.
The Centennial of the Restoration of the State of Lithuania was celebrated with the concert at Rock Church of Helsinki (Temppeliaukion Kirkko) on the 16th of the February.
Lithuanians community in Finland gathered for commemoration of the Defenders of Freedom Day in the Embassy of Lithuania in Helsinki. Evening started with a historical documentary movie „ An extraordinary sacrifice“, which was directed by Agnė Zalanskaitė. This movie is for memorizing leader of partisans, colonel Juozas Vitkus-Kazmieraitis - initiator of resistance war in Lithuania.
On behalf of the Republic of Lithuania and on my own behalf I would like to extend my sincere congratulations on the 100-years of Independence of Finland and to convey the best wishes for the welfare and prosperity to the people of Finland. Lithuania celebrates together with you.