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Estonia Considers Battle Groups and Cyber Security to Be Essential Parts of European Union Common Security and Defence Policy


No 179-E

At a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy, the EU must advance cyber security and improve the usage of battle groups.

Paet stated that Estonia would like for the European Union Common Security and Defence Policy to be as strong and trustworthy as possible. “The EU would have strong advantages in resolving a crisis, because it has a variety of different measures to utilise,” he added.

According to the Estonian foreign minister, the EU must be capable of reacting quickly to a crisis situation. “The EU battle groups create such an opportunity, but they have never been utilised. However, we still must be ready to do so,” he noted.

Paet added that cyber security must also have an essential role in Common Security and Defence Policy.

Additional information:
Helen Ennok
Press spokesperson, Estonia’s Permanent Representation to the EU
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