With the delegation agreement finalised on 10 November 2015, the European Commission entrusted Frontex with the border surveillance component of the Copernicus Security Service. The objective is to support the EU's external border surveillance information exchange framework (EUROSUR) by providing near-to-real time data on what is happening on land and sea around the EU's external borders and the pre-frontier area.
In the area of border surveillance, the main objectives are to reduce the number of irregular migrants entering the EU undetected, to reduce the death toll of migrants at sea by spotting vessels in need of assistance and to increase internal security of the European Union as a whole by contributing to the prevention of cross-border crime.
Copernicus SEA is the operational implementation of the Copernicus Service for Security application in the key area of Support to EU External Action. As a global actor, Europe has a responsibility in promoting stable conditions for human and economic development, human rights, democracy and fundamental freedoms. In this context, a main objective of the EU is to assist third countries in a situation of crisis or emerging crisis and to prevent global and trans-regional threats having destabilising effects.
The Copernicus SEA Service is defined upon the previous experience of precursor projects such as G-NEXT, G-SEXTANT and G-MOSAIC. It generates added value geospatial analysis on the base of Earth Observation data. The service provides products to its users on a 24/7 basis, enabling theirs users to obtain results in rush mode. The products are meant to support decision making to the users, which are the main actors involved in the context of EU missions and operations: the EEAS (European External Action Service), EC relevant services national institutions, law enforcement entities and international bodies such as UN.
Copernicus SEA is an EC Service managed under delegation agreement by the EU Satcen.