International collaboration

International collaboration is a core element of the agency’s remit and is crucial to the success of both long-term capability-enhancing efforts and operational work. The EU and NATO are priority partners in the agency's operations.

The agency seconds staff abroad to help share and develop knowledge, provide training and collaborate in efforts to build resilience and counter malign information influence. In particular, the agency shall support and second staff to initiatives forming part of EU common defence and security policy.

Further, the agency seconds staff to the Embassy of Sweden in Tallinn that is specifically tasked with issues related to psychological defence.

European External Action Service – EEAS

The agency seconds staff to the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. Tasks include identifying malign information influence against the EU and communicating the EU’s actions.

StratCom – NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence

The agency seconds staff to the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence in Riga. The position covers concept development and capabilities generation through annual development projects on threat actors and resilience. Cooperation with the Centre is important for the agency’s work on assessing information influence in connection with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

The agency participates in the international collaborative group Countering Foreign Interference (CFI), which was initiated by Australia in 2019. The CFI brings together 15 countries as well as the EU, NATO and G7 Rapid Response Mechanism to collaborate on issues concerning malign information influence.

The agency is also engaged in a number of bilateral collaborative initiatives at various levels, including with experts and analysts. Close collaboration takes place with, for example, Finland, the Baltic countries, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.