Beginning of 2010, Haiti was hit by a huge earthquake, destroying hard. Countless people died and the lack of access to essential resources was for many people in the Caribbean nation an existential problem.
As a security van of the European Union ended shortly after the earthquake, on 18.01.2010, a team of the EU Joint Situation Centre “(EU SitCen) on the island and immediately began his work (see” Operational Application of SitCen: Haiti) . SITCEN (center position) is an institution that, although the EU has not officially a secret, important intelligence duties at the European level. The operations center is also working far away from any democratic control, and the European Parliament in 2010 a study was commissioned to determine how the SitCen can be better monitored. In the invitation it was said that the situation center has “the potential to grow into a full-fledged intelligence” (Wettach / Krumrey 2010).
SITCEN was subject to his total of 110 employees (including that of the BND) up to 01.01.2011 the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Commission, Catherine Ashton. Now it has been in the newly founded “European Außwärtigen Service (EAD), whose director Ashton now is incorporated in a central location.  On 12/17/2010, the head of the Finnish intelligence service, Ilkka Salma, in place for post Shapcott as director of the EAD SitCen appointed.  The EAD SitCen is one of the crisis management tools.
Comment by Adamantine:
The EU is nearing completion. However the need to collect secret information and make secret plans never ends