December 19, 2006
Estonia joins EUMETSAT community of nations
In a ceremony held at EUMETSAT this morning, Dr Lars Prahm, Director-General of EUMETSAT and the Estonian Minister for the Environment Mr Rein Randver signed an agreement which makes Estonia the third Baltic State to join EUMETSAT as Cooperating State. This agreement will enter into force on the date of its signature.
“I am pleased to see our organisation growing steadily, reaching a total of 30 Member and Cooperating States with the inclusion of Estonia” said Dr Lars Prahm.
The purpose of this agreement is to establish a long-term continuing framework for close cooperation between the two entities and to define Estonia’s rights and obligations as a EUMETSAT Cooperating State. Estonia is already using some EUMETSAT satellite data in its forecasts, but the amount of data used by this country will increase significantly.
EUMETSAT is currently operating Meteosat-6, -8 and 9 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-5 and Meteosat-7 – over the Indian Ocean.
The data, products and services from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.