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The EC Coronavirus Response Page

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(2 April) Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods

 

(2 April) Questions and answers: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people in work

 

(2 April) European Union Emergency Support Instrument for the healthcare sector - questions and answers

 

 

Don't miss the BroadWay animated video!

The BroadWay project - procuring innovation to enable a Pan-European Interoperable Broadband Mobile System for PPDR - has just created an animation video describing the project and its objectives. Don't miss it!

 

A short version is also available here 

PSCE authors White Paper on Standardisation Potential as part of the DRIVER+ Project

The White Paper, Drafted by Marie-Christine Bonnamour (PSCE Secretary General) and David Lund (PSCE President) provides an explanation of how to identify new potentials for standardisation, and presents standardisation potentials, both generally and for three specific domains. The process to identify standardisation potentials is explained. This process has been followed during DRIVER+, leading to the initiation of three CEN Workshop Agreements.

The document is available for download here.

Space as an enabler of security and defence, said Internal Market Commissioner

Although it has been a taboo at the European level up to now, the time has come to break this taboo and to recognise that space is an enabler of security and defence, with a defence dimension for Galileo and a security element for Copernicus, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said at the 12th Space Policy Conference in Brussels on 22 January.

In his address at the Conference, the Commissioner stressed that the security and defence element of the space programmes would be strengthened with the progressive launch of two new initiatives – a Space Situational Awareness (SSA) system to monitor space debris, and a Governmental Satellite Communication (GovSatCom) initiative to provide Member States with reliable and secure satellite communication to support police, border protection and civil defence.

These programmes will be partly under the responsibility of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) as its mandate expands with the creation of the new European Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). Speaking at the conference, GSA Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel noted that, while some of the elements in the EUSPA mandate had yet to be finalised, the GSA was already preparing to take it up and, in particular, has started preparatory activities for GovSatCom.