Helsinki, 19 September 2022 (TDI): Finland will take part in the EU Integrated Resolve Exercise on crisis management and hybrid threats, which will be held between 19 September and 18 November 2022.

Goals of EU Integrated Resolve Exercise

The exercise’s goal is to strengthen the EU’s crisis response capabilities. Hybrid threats and crisis management will be the common subjects of the exercise. It will be based on a fictitious scenario that reflects the complex issues of the current world.

Furthermore, the exercise will reproduce the planning, establishment, decision-making, and response to hybrid threats for EU military and civilian crisis management operations.

In this exercise, EU Member States are expected to respond to various feeds in a fictitious operating environment.

This is the sixth time the exercise has been carried out. The last time, the exercise was held in 2021. The European External Action Service plays a central role in executing the exercise together with other EU actors and all Member States of the EU.

The decision-making exercise also incorporates the EU’s interaction with NATO per the Parallel and Coordinated Exercises concept.

Also Read: Finland addresses human rights-situation in Sri Lanka

Finland and the European Union 

Finland joined European Union in 1995. 13 members of the European Parliament are from Finland. Intra-EU trade accounts for 55% of Finland’s exports while in terms of imports, 72% come from the EU Member States.

Finland has an embassy in the EU.  Its primary responsibility is ensuring that the country’s interests and objectives are carried out as effectively as possible in the EU.

Moreover, Finland contributes money to the EU budget. The money is used to finance projects and programs across the whole EU member states. Road construction, research funding, and environmental protection are among the initiatives.

Furthermore, the Partnership Agreement between the  European Commission and Finland agreed to establish Finland’s €2 billion cohesion policy investment strategy for 2021–2027.

With a focus on important EU goals like green and digital transformation, the funding assisted Finland in strengthening economic, social, and territorial cohesion. Additionally, the funding supported the nation’s competitive, inventive, and sustainable growth.