Imagine a world where space technology can be used to rescue people at sea; satellite systems to identify major climate changes; and Earth observation technologies helping farmers to monitor crops, reduce water waste and avoid poor fertilisation... Sounds futuristic, but this is happening... and happening now! Just days after the launch of a new decade, the European Space Conference convened to take stock of what has been done, and to look forward to Europe’s future space policy, its programs and missions.
Soft skin vehicles, personal protective equipment, medical kits, communication equipment and IT-hardware – these are among the equipment needed by the eleven civilian Missions deployed under the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy. The working of 2,000 civilian women and men on three continents would not be possible without streamlined, modern logistics. The acquisition, delivery and inventory of equipment for the civilian CSDP Missions is since 2018 managed centrally by the strategic warehouse in Central Sweden.
Today, the Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy presented the new EU Cybersecurity Strategy. The strategy answers to the challenges of geopolitical competition in cyberspace, and the increased cyber threat landscape, especially following the covid-19 pandemic. It allows the EU to increase its resilience and show leadership in cyberspace; build capacities to prevent, deter and respond to cyber-attacks; and strengthen its partnerships in favour of a global and open cyberspace.
Today, the virtual event “Climate change, Defence and Crisis Management: from Reflection to Action” discussed the implications of climate change on EU crisis management and defence to provide solutions and foster cooperation. The event, which was co-organised by the EU Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and the European External Action Service (EEAS), brought together a wide range of actors, including EU institutions and bodies, representatives from EU Member States, partner countries and international organisations, academia and industry.