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Guardia Civil hosts first CLOSEYE VIP DAY

Following the Closeye Project dissemination strategy, last Wednesday, 30th of September, Guardia Civil hosted the first CLOSEYE VIP DAY at its headquarters in Madrid.

The main objective of this event was two-fold. On one hand, it represented the formal opening of the operational experimentation stage to be carried out at the Alboran Sea Scenario and under the frame of INDALO Operation during September and October 2015. 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 result of the first operational campaign conducted in Italian waters during June and July.

The event was formally opened with the discourse of the General Director of Guardia Civil, Mr. Arsenio Fernández de Mesa, who recalled the background that motivated this initiative and the strong commitment of the Spanish authorities for the achievement of its goals and objectives. Mr. Fernández de Mesa 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, which is currently undergoing.

A complete set  of presentations were delivered at the conference room of the CECORVIGMAR (Centro de Coordinación para la Vigilancia Marítima de Costas y Fronteras), where the main project stakeholders reviewed the different perspectives of the project. In this regard, the agenda included presentations from European Commission representatives, CLOSEYE Partners and CLOSEYE Contractors.

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Apart from the conferences, a dedicated exhibition area was set-up in order to showcase the main developments carried out in CLOSEYE. The companies SELEX ES, INDRA, AIRBUS and GMV, along with the project partners, had the opportunity to explain the potential benefit of these new systems to all the attendees.

The CLOSEYE VIP Day 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 Spanish Minister of Interior, Mr. Jorge Fernández Díaz, who once again highlighted the relevance of this initiative for the future of both the Spanish and the EU Maritime Border Surveillance.

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CLOSEYE at the opening of Joint Operation INDALO 2015

Under the frame of the European Patrol Network - EPN, the joint operation INDALO 2015, which aims at monitoring maritime borders in the Spanish coast of the Alboran Sea, was launched last June the 1st  and will extend its activities until October 31st this year.

During the inauguration of this operation, the Spanish Guardia Civil, acting as host, organized an Open-Doors Day, where many activities were framed. The event was formally opened with a conference which took place at the port’s premises. During such conference, the General Director of Guardia Civil, Mr. Arsenio Fernández de Mesa, and the General of the Fiscal and Border command of the Guardia Civil, Mr. Juan Luis Pérez Martín, offered detailed information on the operation, its background and its objectives, and presented the human and technical resources that will participate in the surveillance missions.

The Open Doors Day counted with the participation of Guardia Civil and local authorities, as well as with representatives from law enforcement bodies of other Member States participating in the operation and from the FRONTEX agency, who co-finances the operational deployment.

Guardi Civil, being the CLOSEYE project coordinator, took this opportunity to report on the current status of the project and on the activities planned for the coming months. The project, which enters its operational phase, will coordinate its research, development and innovation activities within INDALO operation, under which new developed systems will be deployed.





CLOSEYE Video presented at European Maritime Day 2015

CLOSEYE Project has participated as exhibitor in the European Maritime Day 2015 (28-29 May), annual event organized by European Commission which has taken place in Athens, Greece.

The CLOSEYE booth was oriented to share and generate debate about expectations created around latest technological advances in the field of maritime border surveillance, possible changes in the short and medium term as well as the future role of such technologies in an integrated and efficient European system.

During the exhibition, the Closeye video was introduced to the visitors and was shown at the booth over the two days of the event.

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