The EU-Russia Expert Network on foreign policy (EUREN) met in Helsinki on 13 December to focus on hybrid threats, their scope and perceptions in particular in the context of EU-Russia relations. 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.
The event was hosted by the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki. The European Union Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Markus Ederer, opened the conference and participate in the session on EU's and Russia's perceptions of hybrid threats.
During the meeting, the European and Russian experts discussed different concepts and perceptions related to hybrid threats, and analyzed approaches to countering hybrid threats in the EU and Russia. They explored if, how and when the EU and Russia could exchange information about hybrid threats.