The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC), commonly known as SATCEN, is an agency of the European Union's (EU) Council of Ministers which gathers information through satellite images.
EUSC was set up in 2002 to replace the Western European Union Satellite Centre and thus represents a part of the transfer of functions from the Western European Union (WEU) to the European Union (EU), and more specifically to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The centre is in Torrejón de Ardoz in Spain. Other countries who have an association agreement with the EUSC can also use its resources.
Although it is autonomous in its daily operations, the High Representative Catherine Ashton is responsible for its operational direction.
Since 2009, the Director of SATCEN is Ambassador Tomaž Lovrenčič, from Slovenia. Between 2006 and 2009 Ambassador Lovrenčič had served as SATCEN's Deputy Director.
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Coordinates: 40°29′22″N 3°26′19″W / 40.489525°N 3.438630°W