International Cooperation

EUMETSAT participates in a vast range of activities in the international arena in the pursuit of its strategy.

As part of the European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI), EUMETSAT responds to the evolving needs of the National Meteorological Services (NMS) of its Member States and Cooperating States. This ensures that EUMETSAT’s mandatory programmes and services continue to be relevant to the NMS information and forecast services for the protection of life, property and the economy. EUMETSAT is equally active in the arena of international cooperation. In addition to its agreements with Member States and Cooperating States, EUMETSAT also has agreements with the NMS or Agencies of Canada, China, Japan, Korea, India and Russia, and with the United States of America.

EUMETSAT also serves as the Secretariat of the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS), which provides an international forum for the exchange of technical information on geostationary and polar orbiting meteorological satellite systems and coordinates space-based and Earth Observation activities in accordance with the requirements of the WMO’s World Weather Watch. The group, which meets annually, consists of representatives of operational meteorological and research satellite organisations, together with WMO.

EUMETSAT primarily supports the Strategic Plans of the WMO Regional Associations VI (Europe) and I (Africa), without excluding cooperation in other Regional Associations. The objective being to facilitate access to EUMETSAT data products and services and make best use of available and planned satellite services in order to help individual countries and regions to meet their respective needs, i.e. through training activities.

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