Project Stakeholders

The involvement of stakeholders of the Security dimension of Copernicus in the BRIDGES project is expected to contribute directly to the benefits of the project. The dialogue with stakeholders will be supported by three independent consultative bodies at the top of the project´s hierarchy:

1.  The Institutional Advisory Board will provide political guidelines to be implemented in the different governance options;

2.  The User Committee will voice the interests of its members and comment on the work and outcomes of the project (e.g. define activation mechanisms, secure their access to future Copernicus services);

3. The Industrial Forum will provide recommendations regarding the appropriate organisation of service delivery and the costs of services and data provision, in order to guarantee the efficient and sustainable provision of services.

This dialogue is expected to significantly raise stakeholders’ awareness of the synergies between Copernicus and CFSP/CSDP (Common Foreign and Security Policy / Common Security and Defence Policy of the EU) areas, and to serve as a valuable source of input into the project’s reflection papers.

Several stakeholders, such as the European External Action Service (EEAS) including EU Military Staff and Crisis Management and Planning Directorate, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the European Defence Agency (EDA), as well as the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection, and several representatives from Member States have already indicated their support for the project. It is of paramount importance that both EU policy-level stakeholders and Member States’ representatives are involved in the study and thereby consulted on the development of governance options, since they may have different views on issues such as sovereignty, Data Security policy and subsidiarity aspects.