A “center of excellence” backed by countries in the EU and NATO to counter cyberattacks and misinformation is expected to be operational by the end of the year or early 2018, according to the European Commission.
Finland, which has a 1,300-km (800-mile) border with Russia, has been leading the campaign. The Nordic country has won support for the Helsinki-based center from at least 10 countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. Participating countries are expected to chip in for the center’s €2 million annual budget.
The center, as yet unnamed, was one of the Commission’s pledges last April to combat “hybrid warfare.” Commission Vice President Frederica Mogherini confirmed the timing of the opening in response to a question from Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the European Parliament.
The center would operate independently from the EU and NATO and serve as a hub for researchers to share information and tactics on how to counter threats like cyberattacks, the spread of misinformation and propaganda, and fake news.