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About CLOSEYE Final Event

Following the Closeye Project dissemination strategy, last Thursday, 23rd of Februrary, Málaga hosted the CLOSEYE Final Event.

The main objective of this event was two-fold. On one hand, it represented the formal closure of the proyect. On the other hand, this event was also a unique opportunity to disseminate the overall results achieved so far during the project, including as well the conclusions and very valuable lessons learnt.

The entry into force of EUROSUR revealed how strongly maritime surveillance relies on technology. There is indeed a strong perception that the success of maritime surveillance operations is very much linked to the technical capacities available, and therefore, research and innovation in this field has gained a prominent position during the last years.

Most of the EU MS exploit good surveillance systems which are fully operational and performing well, but we live in an unstable scenario in terms of threats, trends, EU growth, economy and regulation, where all the elements of the overall system must adapt to the changing environment. This includes technology, which needs to be fit not only for the current situation, but also for whatever is coming in the future.

CLOSEYE, being the first project of its kind promoting innovative procurement schemes applied to border surveillance, was fully backed up by the project partners, the European Commission (DG Home Affairs and DG Enterprise) and the FRONTEX Agency. All of them and many other stakeholders have had the opportunity to contribute to the pre-operational validation of maritime border surveillance tools and to benefit from the outcomes once the cycle initiated by CLOSEYE is finished.

CLOSEYE pursued the improvement of the cooperation mechanisms between Industry and Users in order to define real needs in a joint and structured manner, to identify mature solutions, to define new validation schemes and to propose guidelines for the definition of reference performance levels and future flexible public procurement schemes, all in line with the concept of “Common Application of Surveillance Tools” established by EUROSUR.

The goal of the CLOSEYE project was not to promote the direct purchase of surveillance systems, but to validate future solutions by means of the experimentation with innovative proposals in a real operational environment. For this reason, the project is not focused on a particular technology, technique or system, yet it contemplated the relevance of those solutions targeted by the Common Application of Surveillance Tools concept as it was defined by EUROSUR. So in order to make these potential solutions be valid also for other Users and applications, the selection of appropriate representative scenarios for the implementation of the validation were crucial.

The event was formally opened with the discourse of the General Head of Fiscal and Border Command of Guardia Civil, Mr. Juan Luis Pérez Martín, who recalled the background that motivated this initiative and the strong commitment of the CLOSEYE Consortium for the achievement of its goals and objectives. Mr. Juan Luis Pérez Martín also highlighted the relevance of the cooperation framework set-up by the participating EU Authorities and by the industry representatives, which will contribute to the reinforcement of future EU Maritime Border Surveillance capabilities.

The Spanish Guardia Civil, being the CLOSEYE project coordinator, also took this opportunity to highlight the human and technical resources committed for this project, particularly in the experiment phase.

A complete set  of presentations were delivered at the conference room of the Picasso Museum, where the main project stakeholders reviewed the project results from different perspectives. In this regard, the agenda included presentations from European Commission representatives, CLOSEYE Partners and CLOSEYE Contractors.

The CLOSEYE Final Event counted with distinguished guests representing, among other institutions, the European Commission, several border surveillance authorities from different Member States, EU Agencies and other research and development projects in the security domain.

The event was closed by the General Director of Guardia Civil, D. Jose Manuel Holgado Merino, who once again highlighted the relevance of this initiative for the future of both the Spanish and the EU Maritime Border Surveillance.

The success of the project relies on the ability of the CLOSEYE partners to extract lessons learnt and conclusions so they can feed future actions for the adoption of similar measures at national or EU level, providing valuable data for other EU authorities, policy makers and industry.

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