Support to EU External Action

As a global actor, Europe has a responsibility to promote stable conditions for human and economic development, human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms. In this context, a key objective of the EU is to assist third countries in crisis situations or emerging crises and to prevent global and trans-regional threats having a destabilising effect.

 

Overall scope of Copernicus services in Support to EU External Action (SEA)

The Copernicus services in Support to EU External Action (SEA) assist the EU in its operations and interests outside EU territory, providing decision makers with geo-information on remote areas, which are difficult to access, and where security issues are at stake. They also assists third countries in situations of crisis or emerging crisis and to prevent global and trans-regional threats having a destabilising effect. For more information on application domains and types of products, please see the Copernicus SEA Product Portfolio.

The SEA services primarily target European users (EU and Member State decision makers) but cooperation with key international stakeholders is foreseen.

Examples of products provided so far are reports on changes in refugee camps and reference maps in support to EU missions and EU delegations for the preparation of evacuation plans.

Monitoring of changes in the Rukban refugee camp on the border between Syria and Jordan

 

Detailed map for the EU Delegation in Manila for the generation of evacuation plans

 

On the 6th of October 2016, the European Commission entrusted SatCen with the operations of the Copernicus services in Support to EU External Action with the signature of a Delegation Agreement by Lowri EVANS, Director-General DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and Pascal Legai, SatCen Director in order to support EU External Action with state-of-the art satellite data and technologies in a secure mode and environment.

The Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action became operational in May 2017.

Signature of the Delegation Agreement on 6 October 2016 (© European Commission)


Additional resources:

Copernicus SEA website

Copernicus Security Service

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