Last Friday an agreement was signed which accepts Czech Republic, France and United Kingdom into NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (the Centre) as full members. An official ceremony will be held today where flags of all these three nations together with the one of Austria will be raised at the Centre. Austria joined the Centre as a non-NATO partner few weeks ago.
“It is an honour for us to have these nations joining our Centre,” noted Colonel Artur Suzik, Director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence. “We now have exactly half of the NATO nations represented here at the Centre which I believe is quite significant and shows the relevance of the Centre for our nations and NATO.”
Greece and Turkey are also in the process of joining the centre; Finland is in the process of becoming a second non-NATO partner at the Centre after Austria.
“The interest in the Centre and the demand for our support is growing so having now four more nations contributing actively to our work we are hopefully able to meet the growing demand,” noted Colonel Suzik. All the joining nations already have staff working at the Centre in Tallinn
A flag raising ceremony will be held today in Tallinn, Estonia at 17:00 EEST where flags of Austria, Czech Republic, France and United Kingdom will be hoisted next to the flags of Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the USA.
NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is an International Military Organisation located in Tallinn, Estonia. It’s a research and training centre with an aim to enhance the capability, cooperation and information sharing among NATO, its member nations and partners in cyber defence by virtue of education, research and development, lessons learned and consultation.