The Council is the supreme decision-making body of EUMETSAT to which the Director-General reports, as the Chief Executive Officer.

The Council is composed of high level representatives from the Member States which jointly fund EUMETSAT programmes and activities. Financial contributions of Member States to mandatory programmes, like Meteosat or the EUMETSAT Polar System, are proportional to the Gross National Income (GNI) of the individual Member States.

The Director-General is the Chief Executive Officer and legal representative of EUMETSAT, reporting to the Council. He is responsible for the implementation of all Council decisions and for the execution of all tasks and commitments of the organisation.

The Council adopts the programmes, decides on the accession of new members, and approves the EUMETSAT budgets, based on votes by the Member States. Each Member State has one vote.

Depending on their nature and importance, decisions are made by unanimous vote, by a qualified majority or by a simple majority. Major decisions have to be taken unanimously or with a majority representing at least two thirds of the financial contributions and one half of the Member States.

The Council usually meets twice a year (in spring and autumn) for ordinary sessions and can also meet in extraordinary session to discuss and decide on special issues.

The decisions of Council are prepared by advisory bodies:

  • The Policy Advisory Committee (PAC)

  • The Scientific and Technical Group (STG)

  • The Administrative and Finance Group (AFG)

  • The Data Policy Group (DPG)

The Chairs of these bodies attend the Council meetings.

Council Leaders

Council Leaders
Person title Member State
Prof. G. van der Steenhoven Chairperson Netherlands
Mr. E Moran Vice-Chairperson Ireland

Policy advisory committee (PAC)

 The Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) advises Council on all matters that affect EUMETSAT's policy and strategy. 

PAC Leaders
Person title Member State
Dr. M. Gray Chairperson United Kingdom
Mr. H. Roozekrans Vice-Chairperson Netherlands

Scientific and Technical Group (STG)

The Scientific & Technical Group (STG) advises the Council on all scientific and technical aspects.

The STG is responsible for assessing the implications of any changes to mission objectives and for ensuring that requirements of the meteorological services of the Member States are taken into account. In addition, the STG coordinates the relations with EUMETSAT’s users and recommends to Council any action related to the international coordination of programmes.

Furthermore the STG reviews the EUMETSAT satellite system performance and studies future programmes and requirements. Members of the STG are representatives of interested national delegations to the Council (one per Member State) which may be assisted by advisers. The STG may also invite specialists for certain areas of its mandate. 

STG Leaders
Person title Member State
Mr. S. Nilsson Chairperson Sweden
Mr. M. Manso Rejón Vice-Chairperson Spain

STG Science working group (STG-SWG)

The STG-SWG provides scientific guidance and assessment of activities relevant to the definition and derivation of new products from EUMETSAT’s operational missions, and to the definition of future mission requirements. 

STG-SWG Leaders
Person title Member State
Mr. P. Stammes Chairperson Netherlands
Mr. D. Biron Vice-Chairperson Italy

STG Operations working group (STG-OWG)

The STG Operations Working Group (STG-OWG) provides guidance on issues concerning the usage of EUMETSAT’s operational space and ground systems, covering all EUMETSAT operational missions. 

Person title Member State
Mr. A. Dybbroe Chairperson Sweden
Mr. J. Asmus Vice-Chairperson Germany

Administrative and finance group (AFG)

The AFG advises Council on all administrative and financial aspects , including budgets, audits, procurements and contracts, personnel and legal matters. 

AFG Leaders
Person title Member State
Dr. G. Seuffert Chairperson Germany
Ms. E. Lábó Vice-Chairperson Hungary

Data policy group (DPG)

The Data Policy Group (DPG) advises Council on all aspects of the EUMETSAT Data Policy. 

DPG Leaders
Person title Member State
Mr. S. E. Olufsen Chairperson Denmark
Ms. K. Ling Vice-Chairperson Norway

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