EOcafe: Earth Observation in International Partnerships: Get acquainted with DG INTPA

Earth Observation in International Partnerships

Get acquainted with DG INTPA

Thursday, 24th November 2022

With the Green Deal, the European Union has proposed an ambitious strategy and accompanying regulatory framework to guide society and the economy towards a green transition. Similarly ambitious, Europe’s digital agenda has focused on enhancing the market environment for digital players, protecting consumers and fundamental rights, while setting human-centred standards for new technologies. The Digital Compass for the EU’s Digital Decades furthers a human-centred digital transformation, both at home and globally: “The EU will promote its human-centred digital agenda on the global stage and promote alignment or convergence with EU norms and standards.”

The European Commission has identified the “twin transition” as the top priority of its policy agenda and has been systematically exploring the links between digitalisation and the environment — in the context of both the European Green Deal, but also in that of the Digital Strategy and its New Industrial Strategy for Europe. As part of the Global Gateway, the EU will mobilize up to €300 billion in public and private infrastructure investment by 2027.

Earth Observation in International Partnerships

Earth observation has been used historically in development cooperation projects. However, with the new priorities set by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, strongly linking the green deal and the digital transition, there is now a renewed interest in streamlining space and EO cooperation across cooperation programmes and embedding it in our international partnerships. Space technologies are at the crossroad of the twin green and digital agendas. Space data support us and our partners in monitoring and achieving the SDGs, meeting our environmental goals, being more resilient against climate change and having a positive impact on our societies and economies.

The Directorate-General for International Partnerships works with around 90 countries in the global south both on a national and regional level. It sets together with them joint priorities and decides the main areas for investments. EO and remote sensing can be used to support a variety of policy priorities of the EU and its partner countries. Together with other actions on digital connectivity, digital governance and STI is also a boost for setting up and strengthening innovation ecosystems, research cooperation and a driver for the digital economy.

In this EOCafe, our host Geoff Sawyer (EARSC Strategic Advisor and former Secretary General) will discuss with our guest Stefano La Terra Bella (Policy Officer Digital and Space Technologies, The Directorate-General for International Partnerships, European Commission) about DG INTPA – What is it and how it works. 

More specific, the following topics will be addressed during this EOcafe:

  • How does DG INTPA work with international partners and what are the main policy drivers?
  • How does EO fit into international partnerships?
  • What are the main actions under development and why are they interesting for EU companies alike?
  • What should EARSC members do in case they are interested in working with international partners or participating in international EU-funded actions?
  • How are these actions interesting for companies and the importance of partnering with international companies?
  • What is the link between green deal and digital agenda? There will also be an introduction to the Global Gateway.

Registration: The webinar is open to ALL. Registration is free but compulsory. Please click on the following link to register.

Registration link

Please note this is a virtual event! 

EOcafe is part of a series of EARSC meetings that offer timely, relevant, and practical information on a broad variety of topics related to the EO sector. Join us every two weeks to discuss and network while enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. 


  • The use of a video camera is not mandatory but is encouraged to facilitate better interaction between the attendees and the guest speaker(s). 
  • The EOcafe will stay open after 17:00 in case our guests want to continue the discussion. 
  • By registering for this event, you accept the terms and conditions (https://earsc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/EARSC_Events_GDPR.pdf).

If you have any questions, and/or you want to know more about the EOcafe, and/or you want to share an idea about a future EOcafe, please contact Natassa (Natassa.Antoniou@earsc.org).

Author: EARSC

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