Extension of Delegation Agreement with the European Union for the Copernicus Programme

The signing of an updated Delegation Agreement between the European Union, represented by the European Commission (EC), and EUMETSAT took place today in Brussels.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

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Those signing were EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier and DG GROW (Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) Director-General Lowri Evans.

Director-General Professor Jan Wörner was also in attendance to sign an extended Agreement for Copernicus with the EC on behalf of ESA.

The document was first drawn up back in 2014 and details the close cooperation between EUMETSAT and DG GROW on Copernicus activities. EUMETSAT will continue to support the implementation of the Copernicus Programme including the delivery of its data and products and preparation for the next generation of Sentinel satellites.

EUMETSAT has been entrusted with a budget of €254 million - a €25 million increase from the original proposed budget of €229 million. The increase being necessary in current economic conditions and in order to cover the continuity of operations for a period of 9 months in 2021.

The extended collaboration will also include contributions to the assessment of technical requirements and studies needed to support the European Commission in the preparation of possible additional Sentinel missions. These will be considered for deployment over the period 2021-2027 of the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). For that period, EUMETSAT expects to have a new Agreement in place with the EC.

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