On 16 November 2016, the European Union Satellite Centre, SatCen, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies, EUISS, signed an Administrative Arrangement to provide a basis for a structured relationship and mutually beneficial cooperation, taking into account the agencies’ relevant responsibilities and tasks.
According to EUISS, the formalisation of relations between the EUISS and SatCen through this agreement envisages an exchange of lectures and presentations at both premises by respective analysts, as well as the sharing of material, in full accordance with the relevant security policies.
The EU Satellite Centre was founded in 1992 and incorporated as an agency into the European Union on 1 January 2002. Headed by Pascal Legai, it supports the decision making of the European Union in the field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy, CFSP, in particular the Common Security and Defence Policy, CSDP, including EU crisis management missions and operations, by providing products and services resulting from the exploitation of relevant space assets and collateral data, including satellite and aerial imagery, and related services. The European Union Satellite Centre is located in Torrejón de Ardoz, in the vicinity of Madrid, Spain.
The European Union Institute for Security Studies, EUISS, is the Union’s agency dealing with the analysis of foreign, security and defence policy issues. The Institute was set up in January 2002 as an autonomous agency under CFSP to foster a common security culture for the EU, support the elaboration and projection of its foreign policy, and enrich the strategic debate inside and outside Europe. Based in Paris, with a Liaison Office in Brussels, the EUISS is now an integral part of the new structures that underpin the further development of the CFSP/CSDP. It is governed by a Board, chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.