France joins Tallinn Mechanism to support Ukraine in cyberspace (20 december 2023)

As endorsed by the foreign ministries of Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States on December 20, 2023, the Tallinn Mechanism officially formalized.

As a result of Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine, the Tallinn Mechanism aims to coordinate and facilitate civilian cyber-capacity building to help Ukraine uphold its fundamental right to self-defence in cyberspace and address longer-term cyber-resilience needs.

The mechanism’s lines of efforts are intended to be separate from but complementary to military cyber capacity-building efforts and civilian efforts on digital development. The mechanism aims to interface routinely with other donor initiatives around those efforts to coordinate and de-conflict.

Collectively, the mechanism’s members have contributed efforts to deliver cyber-capacity-building assistance to Ukraine. These have been carried out with respect for international law and in full coordination with relevant Ukrainian counterparts.

Members of the mechanism intend to improve coordination and delivery of civilian cyber capacity-building. Members intend to engage with the EU and NATO in this regard. Private sector and non-governmental actors are also encouraged to contribute to the mechanism.

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