Dec 06, 2011

Adoption of the Communication on the GMES programme and its operations from 2014 onwards

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On 30/11/2011, the European Commission adopted its Communication on the “European Earth monitoring programme (GMES) and its operations (from 2014 onwards) (COM 831).

This communication presents its proposals for the future funding, governance and operations of the GMES programme for the period 2014 – 2020.
As far as funding is concerned, the European Commission has made an assessment involving three different options. Based on its assessment, the Commission proposes to opt for the creation of a specific GMES fund, similar to the model chosen for the European Development Fund, with financial contributions from all Member States, based on their Gross National Income (GNI). The management of the fund would be delegated to the European Commission.

As far as governance is concerned, the European Commission proposes to remain responsible for the political supervision and the overall coordination of the GMES, on behalf of the Union. The Commission proposes to delegate certain management tasks (e.g. evaluation, negotiation and follow-up of contracts) to the European GNSS Agency (GSA). These tasks would however not include operations.

For operations, the European Commission proposes that the technical coordination of service is entrusted to several European entities, depending on their knowledge and expertise (e.g. the technical coordination of the land monitoring service could be entrusted to the European Environment Agency, the technical coordination of the atmosphere monitoring service could be entrusted to the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, the technical coordination of the emergency management service could be entrusted to the European Emergency Response Centre, etc.).

The full text of the Communication is available here

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