Mr Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission, visits SatCen
On 30 May, Mr Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), together with Mr Mauro Facchini, Head of the Copernicus Unit and Ms Apostolia Karamali, Deputy Head of Unit, visited SatCen and was given an overview of the Centre’s activities.
After a general introduction by SatCen Director Pascal Legai, more in-depth presentations were given on SatCen’s operational, capability development and cooperation activities. Discussions focussed on the Copernicus service in support to EU External Action (SEA), which started on 15 May 2017, SatCen support to Frontex and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).
Mr Brunet was led to the Operations Division and the SSA Unit to discuss directly with the experts, and the visit concluded with a ceremony to celebrate the start of the Copernicus SEA Service.
The European Commission appointed Mr Philippe Brunet as Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defence Industries as of January 2013. Mr Brunet’s main institutional files comprise, inter alia, the implementation of Copernicus, and the development of civil and military synergies in security and defence matters to render the defence industry competitive and underpin a credible and effective Common Security and Defence Policy.
Mr Mauro Facchini was involved in Space aspects and participated in the definition of the European Space Policy from its early days by concluding the Framework agreement with ESA and drafting and including article 189 (EU Space Competence) in the Lisbon Treaty.
From 2006 to 2012 he worked with the development of the European Earth Observation programme. From 2012 he worked in Space Research matters as Head of the Space Research Unit and in particular in preparing the space related part of Horizon 2020. He is at present Responsible for Copernicus.