Luxembourg set to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has decided to join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE). A delegation from Luxembourg visited the Centre this week to submit the Letter of Intent and thereby start the accession process.

“Luxembourg as one of the digital front-runners on the international level is also a key contributor to Europe’s cyber security. Actively pursuing the technological innovation and secure digital networks, Luxembourg has a long experience in collaborating and sharing knowledge across different sectors domestically, as well as contributing to Alliance´s cyber defence capabilities, including participating in the development of NATO´s Cyber Range located in Estonia,” said Colonel Jaak Tarien, Director of the NATO CCDCOE

„We warmly welcome Luxembourg´s decision to join the CCDCOE and look forward to a swift accession process,” added Col Tarien

“By joining the NATO CCDCOE, Luxembourg is reinforcing its commitment to Alliance’s cyber defence capabilities. We are very much looking forward to becoming full members of the CCDCOE,” said Gilles Feith, the Head of Cabinet to the Luxembourg’s Minister of Defence, supported by Sheila Becker, Cyber Defence Advisor at the Directorate of Defence and other members of a high-level delegation.

The NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence is a NATO-accredited knowledge hub, think-tank and training facility. The international military organisation focuses on interdisciplinary research and development, as well as trainings and exercises in the field of cyber security.

The heart of the Centre is a diverse group of international experts from 21 nations, including legal scholars, policy and strategy experts as well as technology researchers with military, government and industry backgrounds.

Membership of the Centre is open to all Allies. Currently Belgium, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States have signed on as Sponsoring Nations of the Centre. Austria, Finland and Sweden have become Contributing Participants – the status available for non-NATO nations.