Dec 03, 2016

Council meeting held at ministerial level on 1 and 2 December 2016

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY Lucerne 2 December 2016

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Resolutions and main decisions

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Earth Observation Programme

6. ACKNOWLEDGES that the continuation of the Earth Observation Envelope Programme, with a fifth period spanning from 2017 to 2021, will contribute to keeping Europe at the forefront of understanding of the Earth system;

7. STRESSES the essential contribution made through the Agency’s Earth Observation Programme for the implementation and enforcement of major international environmental conventions, STRESSES further the need to define and develop a reliable European contribution in global systems to monitor greenhouse gases and, through the Global Monitoring of Essential Climate Variables – GMECV, the products needed for the monitoring of global change effects;

8. ACKNOWLEDGES the continued attractiveness of the Agency’s Earth Observation programmes for a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from the international Earth science community to major European organisations such as the European Union, meteorological agencies such as EUMETSAT and the European Centre for Medium- Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), international financial institutions, international partner space agencies, users and operational bodies, the Earth observation value-added sector, and commercial players outside the space domain;

9. UNDERLINES the new opportunities for European economic actors and European citizens provided by the advent of the Copernicus constellation and RECOGNISES the need for the Agency to prepare for the evolution of European Earth observation capacity, including through its timely support to the efforts of the European Commission in defining and developing the evolution of the Copernicus Space Component, in line with the Copernicus Agreement between ESA and the European Union;

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