Copernicus SEA Workshop - The Copernicus Security Service for Member States and the European Union

On the 11th of December, a Copernicus SEA (Service in support to EU External Action) Workshop on the Copernicus Security Services was held at Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) in Paris, organised in cooperation with the entities entrusted with the implementation of the three strands of the service: SatCen, EMSA and Frontex, and with the EUISS and the CNES.

Copernicus is an EU funded Earth observation programme designed to provide data and information freely and openly through six services to tackle environmental challenges and stimulate innovation and economic growth. The European Union Satellite Centre, as Copernicus Entrusted Entity, coordinates this service, which assists the EU in its operations and interests outside EU territory, providing decision makers with geo-information on remote, difficult to access areas, where security issues are at stake. It also assists third countries in situations of crisis or emerging crisis and to prevent global and trans-regional threats having a destabilising effect. The Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action (SEA) provides continuous data and information on atmospheric composition.

The Copernicus service in Support to EU External Action third workshop aimed to:

  • provide an insight on the three components of the Copernicus Security Service, Support to EU External Action (SEA), Border and Maritime Surveillance, delivered respectively by SatCen, Frontex and EMSA,
  • address Member States (MSs) and EU users involvement in the services,
  • assess Users’ experience with the services delivered so far,
  • collect recommendations for services evolution.

The workshop focused on the Copernicus Security services, in particular SEA, and the value-added they represent for MSs and the EU.

A session dedicated to User’s experience with the services aimed at getting users’ feedback on both SEA and the other Security Services´ operations, evolution and user’s recommendations and priorities.

The workshop included a debate on how Copernicus could further help meeting security needs across Member States and beyond at EU level.

Copernicus is the EU Programme providing services based on Earth Observation (space) and non-space data for monitoring Land, Marine, Atmosphere and Climate Change, and contributing also to Emergency Management and Security Applications.

The security service, […] is to provide information in support of the civil security challenges of Europe improving crisis prevention, preparedness and response capacities, in particular for border and maritime surveillance, but also support for the Union’s external action […]1.

1. REGULATION (EU) No 377/2014 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 3 April 2014 establishing the Copernicus Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 911/2010.

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