In the margins of the EU-ESA informal space ministerial meeting organised in Tallinn, Estonia, by the Estonian Presidency of the European Union and the Spanish Chairmanship of the ESA Council, Alain Ratier, the EUMETSAT Director-General and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, the ESA Director-General, signed a statement on the joint contributions of ESA and EUMETSAT to the Space Strategy for Europe.
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
The statement is in line with the Challenge 2025 strategy adopted by the EUMETSAT Council in June 2016 and its support to the Space Strategy for Europe published by the Commission in October 2016.
It re-affirms the common goal to keep Europe as a world leader in satellite meteorology with the deployment of the jointly developed next generation EUMETSAT satellite systems, Meteosat Third Generation and EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation, to be deployed from 2021 onwards.
Jan Wörner said: “We have been cooperating with EUMETSAT since the 1980s to ensure an excellent source of satellite data for meteorology. We built the first and second generation series of the geostationary Meteosat missions and the series of polar-orbiting Metop missions, which EUMETSAT operates.
"Our long standing cooperation offers Europe meteorological satellite systems that have the highest impact on weather forecasts"
“As our cooperative venture continues, we are now focusing on the two follow-on series, Meteosat Third Generation and Metop Second Generation, which both offer enhancements and ensure the continuity of essential information for global weather forecasting and climate monitoring for decades to come.”
It also re-affirms the joint commitment to the partnership with the European Commission for the deployment and exploitation of the elements of the Copernicus space component that are dedicated to monitoring the ocean, atmospheric composition and climate, with the best possible synergy with EUMETSAT’s own missions.
Alain Ratier said: “Our long standing cooperation offers Europe meteorological satellite systems that have the highest impact on weather forecasts and thus create socio-economic benefits of more than 5 billion euros per year in the European Union. This was the foundation for extending our partnership to atmospheric composition and ocean monitoring for Copernicus, together with the European Commission.”
The overarching goal of the cooperation is to serve citizens and the economy in Member States of EUMETSAT, ESA and the European Union.