U.S., Euro­pean part­ners plan cen­ter to com­bat ‘fake news’

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HELSINKI | A cen­ter to com­bat such things as dis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news will be built in Finland fol­low­ing an agree­ment Tues­day of nine coun­tries from the Euro­pean Union and NATO.

The coun­tries — Bri­tain, Finland, France, Ger­many, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Poland, Swe­den and the United States — signed the mem­o­ran­dum to set up the so-called “hy­brid threat” cen­ter in Helsinki with the sup­port of the Fin­nish gov­ern­ment.

The cen­ter will be­come op­er­a­tional later this year and will initially have a bud­get of $1.6 mil­lion and be staffed by a group of experts and re­searchers from the found­ing mem­bers.

Lorenz Meyer-Min­ne­mann, head of NATO’s civil pre­pared­ness unit, said the Euro­pean Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence for Coun­ter­ing Hy­brid Threats will serve as a plat­form for EU and NATO to pool re­sources and share ex­per­tise.

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