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High Representative Josep Borrell highlights the importance of the SatCen for the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Brussels, 24/02/2020 - 13:10, UNIQUE ID: 200224_11
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High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell visited today the European Union’s Satellite Centre, SatCen, in Torrejón de Ardoz to get a first-hand debriefing about its activities.

During his first visit in his capacity as High Representative, Josep Borrell underlined: “The SatCen plays a fundamental role in the decision-making under the Common Security and Defence Policy, and actions of our 17 civilian and military missions and operations around the world. From Torrejón de Ardoz, it offers geostrategic analysis of intelligence for both the EU’s institutions and its Member States.”

The SatCen is under the operational direction of the High Representative. It is the only autonomous operational geospatial intelligence centre of the EU. It contributes, including through the production of satellite and aerial imagery, to the decision-making and actions of the EU in the field of the Common Foreign And Security Policy, and in particular Common Security and Defence Policy.

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