EU: Commission and High Representative "playbook" on "countering hybrid threats"

At the beginning of July the European Commission and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy published a 'Joint Staff Working Document' on "countering hybrid threats".

See: European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: EU operational protocol for countering hybrid threats - 'EU Playbook' (SWD(2016 ) 227 final, Council document number 11034/16)

It was produced "in order to implement Action 19 of the Joint Framework on countering Hybrid Threats, which foresees a 'common operational protocol between Member States, the Commission and the High Representative is to outline effective procedures to follow in case of a hybrid threat, from the initial identification phase to the final phase of the attack, and mapping the role of each Union institution and actor in the process.'"

The document, marked LIMITE, was distributed to Member States' delegations within the Council on 7 July 2016.

The protocol described in the document "outlines the modalities for: coordination - intelligence fusion and analysis - informing policy recommendations and decision-making within existing structures - exercises and training, and - cooper


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