EU countries discuss how to improve resilience against hybrid terrorism threats

Published: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 09:00

A meeting of the European Union’s Defence Council, which took place in Luxembourg on April 19th, looked at the subject of hybrid terrorism threats and how the EU’s resilience to such threats can be improved.

Ministers at the meeting based their discussions on the joint framework on hybrid threats which was recently presented by the European Commission and High Representative Federica Mogherini.

Hybrid threats refer to ‘a mixture of activities often combining conventional and unconventional methods that can be used in a coordinated manner by state and non-state actors while remaining below the threshold of formally declared warfare. The objective is not only to cause direct damage and exploit vulnerabilities, but also to destabilise societies and create ambiguity to hinder decision-making.’

The joint framework on hybrid threats was adopted on April 6th 2016 by the European Commission and the High Representative. It aims to increase the resilience of the EU, its Member States and partner countries while increasing cooperation with NATO on countering such threats.

The joint framework proposes 22 operational actions aimed at: