The Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments visits SatCen
On 28 June 2018, Dr Hilde Hardeman, Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), visited SatCen, and was given an overview of the Centre’s activities.
She was welcomed by Director Pascal Legai and Deputy Director Giuseppe D’Amico who, together with other SatCen managers, presented the Centre’s operational and capability development activities. There was particularly focus on SatCen support to OPCW and OSCE, SatCen training activities and the Centre’s involvement in Copernicus and Space Surveillance and Tracking.
During her visit, a new Delegation Agreement to provide additional support to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine was signed. This new support remains essential to the SMM, not only to maintain and enhance the operational support provided by the Centre in the implementation of the Minsk Agreement, but also to expand its terms based on the needs identified by both during the last years. In addition, this new support will further strengthen the SMM technical monitoring and analysis capacity.
Dr Hilde Hardeman has spent over twenty years working for the European Commission, covering external relations and economic and competitiveness issues. From 2014 to early 2017, she served as Deputy Head of Cabinet to Vice-President Katainen in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Between 2011 and 2014, she was in charge of briefing the President of the Commission for meetings with EU Heads of State or Government. Previously, she headed the Commission's Units for Relations with Russia and with Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.