European Union Satellite Centre (Torrejón)
European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union dedicated to the exploitation and production of information derived primarily from the analysis of earth observation space imagery in support of Union decision-making in the field of "second pillar", the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP).
The establishment of the EUSC is considered by the Union as an essential asset for the strengthening of CFSP (and of the European Security and Defense Policy -ESDP- as part of CFSP), especially in the crisis monitoring and conflict prevention function.
The Centre was created on 20 July 2001 by Council Joint Action 2001/555/CFSP, amended by Council Joint Action 2009/834/CFSP.It is operational as from 1st January 2002, under the political supervision of the Political and Security Committee and the operational direction of the Secretary-General.
The Centre, which has own legal personality in order to carry out it's function, also conducts research and development projects. The Centre also carries out training activities for expert personnel in the fields of Digital Geographic Information Systems and imagery analysis.
It is located in Torrejón, in the vicinity of Madrid, Spain.