For GeoVille it is important to be a Member of EARSC, because EARSC is the only organisation promoting the interest of the European EO industry and underpinning its market position vis a vis non-European players and the increasing market distorting competition from European public institutions.
The benefits for me are at least threefold: 1) EARSC as lobby organisation. EARSC represents the European value-added EO industry and is today well recognized by major stakeholders as ESA and EC. 2) EARSC as information provider. As member I am informed of the intentions, moves and changes ongoing within crucial stakeholders as ESA and EC and 3) EARSC as networkplatform for its members.
We find EARSC to be an immensely valuable networking forum, where we are able to build and maintain relationships both within the European Earth Observation value-adding industry, as well as with key external stakeholders including the European Commission, the European Space Agency, and many relevant end-user sectors. As members of EARSC we benefit from access to up-to-date information on issues affecting the European Earth Observation sector, and have the opportunity to raise concerns and issues with the confidence that they will be acted upon by EARSC and voiced at the appropriate levels to influence policy and make a difference.