Visit of H.E. François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence of Luxembourg
On 31 August 2022, SatCen had the special honour of welcoming H.E. Mr François Bausch, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Luxembourg. The visit was a welcome opportunity for the Centre to demonstrate the actionable support its geospatial intelligence analysis services provide to the EU foreign, security and defence policy, and to present the close cooperation with and added value for Member States like Luxembourg.
As a main point of this meeting, Minister Bausch and the SatCen Director, Ambassador Sorin Ducaru, signed an administrative arrangement for Luxembourg to provide additional resources to finance the purchase of data for the Centre's continuously intensified level of operational activity.
During the visit, the SatCen Director briefed Minister Bausch and the Luxembourg delegation on the mission and activities of the Centre in the context of CFSP/CSDP. The Centre's experts provided an overview of recent analysis products, in the framework of the current political setting of regional crisis and global conflicts, and explained the cutting-edge technologies employed to perform these services. SatCen also presented its involvement in cooperation projects with partners like the Commission, EDA and ESA, with a special focus on the EU's earth observation programme Copernicus, and the Centre's current front-desk function for the space surveillance and tracking project.
Concluding his visit and the signature ceremony, Minister François Bausch noted: “The EU Satellite Centre provides essential services to European defence and security, which I had the opportunity to witness first-hand today. The tracking of last year’s floods, the impact of this summer’s heat wave, the forest fires and foremost the monitoring of military activity or irregular migration all attest to the importance of quality satellite imagery. Luxembourg’s voluntary contribution of 1.5 million euros testifies to our conviction that SatCen provides indispensable services, beyond just the military sector. In 2023, Luxembourg will launch its own earth observation satellite, LUXEOSys, whose images will be provided to SatCen free of charge. Last but not least, I would like to congratulate the SatCen for its 30th anniversary and for all its accomplishments over these years. Luxembourg stays committed to continuing its support in the years to come.”
On behalf of SatCen, Director Ducaru added: “The highly professional and dedicated SatCen team is proud to grow high-value geospatial analysis, empowered by the latest satellite and data management technologies to the benefit of the EU, its Member States and its citizens. We are grateful for the excellent cooperation with and the valuable support from Luxembourg in delivering on our mission in an increasingly complex security environment.”
Further reading: Press Release of the Luxembourg Government