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Member of the Estonian Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) Hannes Hanso participates in the visit of the Sub-Committee on Technology Trends and Security of the NATO PA Science and Technology Committee to Oslo and North Norway.

Hanso participates in the visit as the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, and in his opinion, the capability of Norway in several sectors, especially in coastal defence, is an example to several NATO allies.

Hanso thinks that Estonia has very close cooperation with Norway within the framework of NATO. “Norway is one of our closest partners in Baltic Air Policing, and has helped Estonia to develop the system of receiving and supporting the allied troops,” Hanso said. “We have cooperated with the Norwegians in military training, exercises and procurements. The visit of the NATO PA Sub-Committee will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the current situation of the Norwegian defence forces and set targets for future cooperation.”

Minister of Defence of Norway Frank Bakke-Jensen will give the members of the Committee an overview of Norwegian defence policy. The security situation and challenges in the North-Atlantic region and the research and development priorities of the Norwegian Ministry of Defence will also be discussed at the meeting.

The Norwegian computer emergency response team (NorCERT) will present the members of the Sub-Committee its assessment of the current situation regarding cyber threats. In working groups, discussions will be held on the relations between Norway and Russia, the fight against terrorism, and the humanitarian situation in Iraq and Syria.

On Tuesday, the Sub-Committee will visit the Royal Norwegian Air Force base and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre of Northern Norway in Bodø. On Wednesday, they will travel from Bodø to Sortland by a coastal defence boat to visit the headquarters of the Norwegian Coast Guard and learn about the development of the air base in Evenes.

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