In its Communication entitled “A Budget for Europe 2020” 500, June 2011), the Commission proposed to fund GMES outside the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF). This Communication was followed in November 2011 by a Communication providing the main elements for defining the appropriate governance and long term funding of the GMES programme from 2014 onwards 831).
At that time, the Commission proposed to set up a specific GMES fund with financial contributions from all 27 EU Member States based on their gross national income (GNI), in a model similar to that of the European Development Fund.
The setting up of such a fund would imply the establishment of an intergovernmental agreement between the EU Member States meeting within the Council.
On 11 May 2012 the European Commission adopted a Communication proposing “the establishment of an Intergovernmental Agreement for the operations of the European Earth monitoring programme (GMES) from 2014 to 2020” 218 Final).
In conclusion to this Communication, the Commission “urges the Member States to initiate the necessary measures for the timely adoption of an intergovernmental agreement and of a regulation for the operations of the GMES programme and reiterates its commitment to support Member States in this process”.