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MFA: Finland to attend joint EU crisis management and hybrid threats exercise

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Finland will participate in the EU Integrated Resolve (EU IR 20) Exercise, which will be held between 21 September and 4 December 2020.

The aim of the exercise is to improve the EU’s capacity to respond to crises. The exercise will focus on crisis management and hybrid threats. It will be based on a fictitious scenario that reflects today's multifaceted crises. The exercise will include simulation of the planning and establishment of military and civilian crisis management operations as well as of decision-making on them and response to hybrid threats. Member States are expected to respond to various feeds in a fictitious operating environment.

The exercise is now conduced for the fifth time, the previous one was held in 2018. The European External Action Service plays a central role in conducting the exercise together with other EU actors and all Member States of the EU. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, less people than normally are engaged in the preparation and conduct of the exercise in various EU institutions. In Finland, the exercise will be conducted through cross-government cooperation by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Command, the Ministry of the Interior, the Prime Minister's Office, and the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels.

Inquiries:
Outi Hyvärinen, Political Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 035,
Ilmari Uljas, Defence Policy Department, Ministry of Defence, tel. +358 295 140 048, and
Emma Patovuori, International Affairs Unit, Ministry of the Interior, tel. +358 295 488 273.

The email addresses of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of the Interior are in the format firstname.lastname@formin.fi, firstname.lastname@defmin.fi and firstname.lastname@intermin.fi respectively.

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