The Official inauguration event of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) will take place on 2 October in Helsinki.
The NATO Secretary General, Mr Jens Stoltenberg and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms Federica Mogherini will address the inauguration event. The establishment of the Centre has been one of the aims in the Common set of proposals for the implementation of the Joint EU/NATO Declaration (6 December 2016).
On behalf of the host country of Hybrid CoE, the Official inauguration event will be opened by the President of the Republic of Finland Mr Sauli Niinistö and closed by the Prime Minister of Finland Mr Juha Sipilä.
As the Official inauguration ceremony, the four speakers will sign the Centre's guest book as first signatories.
The Official Inauguration event will gather some 100 invited guests from the host country and 11 other participating countries of Hybrid CoE. The web-streaming of the Official inauguration event, produced by the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, will be available at YLE Areena.
During their joint visit, the Secretary General and the High Representative will meet with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister at Hybrid CoE.