Visit of H.E. Bogdan Aurescu, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, to SatCen
On 30 September 2021, SatCen had the distinguished pleasure of welcoming H.E. Bogdan Aurescu, Romania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Mr Aurescu was accompanied by H.E. Amb. Gabriela Dancău, Romania’s Ambassador in Spain, H.E. Amb. Manuel Larrotcha, Ambassador of Spain to Romania, Mr Mihail-Justinian Harbic, General Director MFA, and Ms Doina Căjvăneanu, Director MFA. The delegation was welcomed by SatCen Director Amb. Sorin Ducaru and Deputy Director Louis Tillier, along with a team of SatCen experts.
The visit to SatCen served as an opportunity to highlight the specific projects of interest to Romania. In an insightful presentation of the Centre, Director Sorin Ducaru presented SatCen as a strategic and autonomous asset supporting the European Union’s Foreign Policy and Defence. Along this same line, Mr Ducaru expressed the relevance of the Centre in contributing to all four baskets of the upcoming Strategic Compass.
Imagery analysts Mr Radu Tanase, Mr Mihail Bajinaru and Ms Roberta Onori provided a detailed overview of the Centre’s operational activities, focusing on selected subjects of interest, such as the Centre’s support with geospatial analysis concerning developments in the eastern neighbourhood of the EU and the Black Sea area, or the support to illegal waste management analysis.
Mr Mihai Ghita, Project Manager of SSA/SST, discussed SatCen’s unique role as the EU SST (Space Surveillance and Tracking) Front Desk. Mr Ghita presented the three services of the SST Cooperation -Collision Avoidance, Re-Entry Analysis and Fragmentation Analysis- highlighting Romania’s role and important contributions as one of the seven members of the consortium. Additionally, the dignitaries were shown relevant and timely examples of recent uncontrolled re-entry events, emphasizing the evolution of EU SST into a Space Programme Component.
The delegation showed interest in the different activities performed by the Centre, acknowledging the value that SatCen analysis provides to Member States and EU institutions in regards to decision-making and policy building.
In the words of H.E. Minister Bogdan Aurescu. “I am very happy to have the opportunity to visit SatCen today, as Romania highly appreciates the work of the Center, in support of EU security and defence, under the able coordination of the Romanian diplomat, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru. The Centre has shown a remarkable capacity to deliver value for our invested resources, versatility and adaptability.
I am confident that SatCen will continue to provide high-quality relevant products and services.”
The visit underscored Romania’s longstanding support of SatCen activities and development objectives. Upon concluding the visit, the delegation was offered a brief tour of the Centre’s Operational workstations, and a meeting with Romanian staff, many of which had participated in the briefings.