The Commission’s Joint Research Centre proposes a new framework to raise awareness and resilience against hybrid threats

The Commission has today presented a new conceptual framework, proposed by researchers, to improve the understanding of modern hybrid threats, and to increase EU resilience against them. The framework was developed by the Commission’s Joint Research Centre and the Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats. It describes the different components of hybrid threats, shedding light on the actors, as well as their objectives and tools. The research teams call for a whole-of-society approach, which brings together all civil, military and political actors for a more effective response to hybrid threats. Speaking during the launch event of the conceptual framework, Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The EU has the capacities and know-how to build its resilience against hybrid threats. But we need to understand the problem in depth to be able to design an effective response. It is our advantage that we ground our policy actions on science. The conceptual framework is an instrumental part of this process. It provides a comprehensive description of hybrid threats, actors and the tools that can be used against EU countries.” Further information is available here.