The overall objective of the BRIDGES project is the development of several potential models of governance for future Copernicus services for Security applications.

The project aims to explore implementation options for:

  • a coordinated approach to Space data access in the Security field;
  • Access to Copernicus services for Common Foreign and Security Policy / Common Security and Defence Policy (CFSP/CSDP) users.

The objectives will be supported by several activities, such as:

  • Contributing to the further definition of potential scenarios for the governance of the Security dimension of Copernicus;
  • Providing an overview and analysis of the stakeholders’ positions at both Member State and European Union level on the governance of the Security dimension of Copernicus;
  • Raising awareness of, and building support for Copernicus services for Security applications;
  • Interacting with Copernicus Security-related activities, in particular ongoing projects aiming at developing services for Support to EU External Action, Border Control and Maritime Surveillance.

The activities of the BRIDGES project will be based on a dialogue mechanism involving national and EU organisations, and on the current state-of-play of the Copernicus programme with respect to its Security dimension.

The BRIDGES consortium will undertake a legal analysis of the implementation options, as well as a technical analysis of the operational implications. In addition, each of the implementation options will be the subject of a cost-benefit analysis and an impact assessment.