Joint Situation Centre (JSC)
Objective: to provide
the Council with high quality information. In 1998 when ESDP was
first developed no structure existed to allow member states to
share intelligence. Three years ago, there was some exchange of
confidential information in the form of diplomatic telegrams.
In the past twelve months the JSC has been recruiting intelligence
analysts from Member States and facilitated information exchange
through putting in place secure communication networks. It will
shortly be installing secure communications to the five operational
1. Contribute to early warning (in conjunction
with other Council military staff). Sources: open source material,
military intelligence, non-military intelligence and diplomatic
2. Conduct situation monitoring and assessment;
3. Provide facilities for crisis task force;
4. To provide an operational point of contact
for the High Representative.
Input: Member States contribute
two types of intelligence:
- diplomatic reporting; and
- information from external intelligence services
Very sensitive information is not shared.
The JSC is still operating on an experimental basis.
Early indications suggest that it is working well.
Output: Standard output
goes to members of the PSC and EUMC. The Commission receives the
material through its representative on the PSC, but it has only
a restricted circulation within the External Relations Directorate-General.
At the moment nothing is distributed to the Parliament although
the Council is negotiating arrangements to permit a limited release.
The JSC will operate 24-hours a day as of 1 January
2003 (to coincide with the start of EUPM).
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The EU has no permanent operational headquarters. The United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Italy and Greece have made voluntary offers to
headquarters. The French and British headquarters could be used
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