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€5.8 billions proposed to fund the European programme for Earth observation

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Brussels, 30 November 2011 – Today, the European Commission has proposed to finance the GMES programme (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) for Earth observation for the period 2014-2020 outside the EU financial framework, for which an estimated budget of €5.8 bn is deemed necessary.

The Commission proposes to set up a specific GMES fund similar to the model chosen for the European Development Fund, with financial contributions from all 27 EU Member States based on their gross national income (GNI). This will require an intergovernmental agreement between the EU Member States meeting within the Council. The programme will be coordinated by the Commission and its financial management could be delegated to the Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA).

Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship said: “In order to respond to ever growing challenges at global level Europe needs a well-coordinated and reliable Earth observation system of its own. The GMES programme will significantly boost space related research in Europe and ultimately also support the economic recovery and address major challenges faced by European citizens nowadays”.

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