The European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) supports EU decision-making and action in the context of Europe’s Common Foreign and Security Policy. This means providing products and services based on exploiting space assets and collateral data, including satellite imagery and aerial imagery, and related services.
Under the supervision of the Political and Security Committee and the operational direction of the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, SatCen provides decision-makers with early warning of potential crises. This enables them to take diplomatic, economic and humanitarian measures in good time, including generic planning for intervention.
SatCen’s Director reports to a Governing Board chaired by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (HR) or her representative. The Board comprises one representative of each EU country and one Commission delegate. The Chair convenes the Board at least twice a year and also at the request of at least one third of its members.
It provides the following services:
SatCen carries out projects and participates in programmes designed to develop new capabilities or improve existing ones.
It cooperates on other EU activities both with institutions in EU countries and with countries, organisations and bodies outside the EU.