Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, and Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council, attended on 16 September 2008 the opening of the GMES/Kopernikus forum in Lille, France. The GMES (Global monitoring for Environment and Security) programme provides Europe with a major environmental information service necessary for managing marine environments, land resources, air quality, dealing with humanitarian risks and emergencies, global security issues and assessing climate change impacts. The two-day Forum entitled 'Together, take better care of the planet' marked the launch of the first GMES services in pre-operational mode presented under its new name: 'Kopernikus'.
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||Exterior views of the 'Grand Palais', forum venue in Lille, France (2 shots)
||Arrival of Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council
||Arrival of Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry
||General views of GMES/Kopernikus exhibition and arrival of delegates (2 shots)
||Cutaways of opening speech by Günter Verheugen (2 shots)
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that earth observation is strategic and GMES is the means to ensure its sustainability
||Cutaway of the audience
||Valérie Pécresse (in FRENCH) saying that this is the main aim of the GMES project: to provide long term information to all actors in the field on the state of the environment and its evolution, and to propose services to businesses, to public decision makers and to citizens
||Screen announcement of new name of GMES: 'Kopernikus'
||Günter Verheugen and Valérie Pécresse visiting the exhibition (5 shots)
||Cutaways of the press conference (4 shots)
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that we need independent access to data, we need to know what is happening on earth in order to foresee how our climate will change and how it will affect living conditions in Europe; we need to know what is happening on earth in order to make a clear assessment whether there are risks for our freedom and safety, and of course we need to do it in order to create services
||Günter Verheugen (in ENGLISH) saying that the next step is to guarantee the long term financing of the operations, which in his view will happen next year; they will avoid the mistakes which have been made in the context of Galileo; that is why he made it very clear that he does not see Kopernikus as an investment in the sense that the investment will be payed back; it is an investment in public infrastructure and in public good
||Exterior view of the conference building