Industry Committee approves Copernicus

December 2, 2013

Funding Scheme: 2013-12-02

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


Copernicus, the EU’s new Earth Observation System, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. Replacing the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, it will have a €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020. Its data will serve many purposes, including monitoring climate change and protecting public security.


Copernicus must ensure access to full, open and free-of-charge information in the areas of land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security, said the Committee. This data would be gathered from several Earth observation satellites and a multitude of sensors on the ground, at sea or in the air.

For instance, Copernicus data on water quality will help public authorities to enhance protection of bathing waters, detect jelly fish populations and predict algal blooms.


MEPs sought to ensure a clear breakdown of the programme’s €3.79 billion budget for 2014-2020(at 2011 prices) and to encourage a longer-term approach to providing services (beyond the EU’s 7-year long-run budget).  

Next steps

MEPs will start negotiations with EU member states next week for an informal deal on the new rules governing Copernicus.

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