BRIDGES in a nutshell

BRIDGES is a project funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme. Coordinated by the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen), it commenced on the 1st of January 2012, and will last for two years.

The objective of the BRIDGES project is the development of several potential models of governance for the Copernicus services for Security applications, which address three areas: support to EU External Action, Border Control and Maritime Surveillance. Scenarios and implementation options for the governance of the security dimension of Copernicus will be set out through analysis of stakeholders’ positions at both Member State and European Union level, and through interaction with ongoing service development projects. The scenarios will examine the potential role of the SatCen in Copernicus and the operational coordination of access to Space data in the Security field, and will include an evaluation of costs and benefits.

The members of the BRIDGES consortium have specific and recognised expertise in Policy studies, Communication, Security and Copernicus.

The project held its commencement meeting on the 18th of January, 2012 in Brussels, with the participation of the Research Executive Agency, the GMES Bureau, and several of its key stakeholders, which include the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

BRIDGES stands for Building Relationships and Interactions to Develop Copernicus for European Security.