This request for expressions of interest constitutes a “market testing” exercise and aims at identifying entities which could be invited to exploratory talks on a potential subsequent entrustment by the Union with budget implementation tasks in respect of some areas (specified below) of the Copernicus services under Article 58 (1) (c) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union. Budget implementation tasks mean that the entrusted entity is awarding procurement contracts, grants or prizes on behalf of the Commission.
Copernicus is the EU Earth observation and monitoring programme. It covers all the activities for ensuring an uninterrupted provision of accurate and reliable data and information on environmental issues and security matters to users in charge of policy making, implementation and monitoring, in the EU and its Member States. Copernicus is structured in six services: atmosphere monitoring, marine environment monitoring, land monitoring and climate change, as well as support to emergency response and security.
The Commission intends to entrust the budget implementation tasks of the land monitoring service (with the exception of the global component), as well as the security service to bodies of the European. The Commission intends to continue to implement the Emergency Response Service, as well as the global component of the Land Monitoring Service in direct management for the time being.
Thus, this request addresses the following remaining service areas only: Atmosphere Monitoring, Marine Environment Monitoring service, and Climate Change service. The Commission aims at identifying potential entrusted entities, which could be responsible for the implementation of parts of the budget, including placing and managing contracts with service providers.