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Parliamentary questions
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13 June 2018
Question for written answer E-003213-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sabine Lösing (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Monitoring the Mediterranean with Copernicus
 Answer in writing 

The European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) collects and processes optical and radar satellite images and transmits them to the appropriate agencies. After the OSCE, Frontex is SatCen’s main customer. A large volume of data comes from satellites operated by Copernicus, the EU Earth Observation Programme.

1.To what extent are the border surveillance technologies available under the Eurosur Fusion Services (EFS) different from the services offered by Copernicus, and what additional services are provided by the EFS (such as meteorological data, maritime simulations, vessel route tracking or detection of ‘anomalies’)?

2. What technical functions does the Copernicus service ‘Vessel Anomaly Detection’ provide for the detection of irregularities in vessel behaviour, and which EU missions or agencies currently use it?

3.What technical functions does the Copernicus ‘Migratory and Cross-Border Crime Networks Assessment’ service provide, and which EU missions or agencies currently use it?

Original language of question: DE 
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