Securing operational EU funding for GMES Copernicus
19 February 2013
Good news for Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme: the European Council has secured the programme's EU funding through 2020.
The multiannual financial framework - MFF - is a seven-year plan for the EU's budget. On 8 February, European heads of State and government agreed to include GMES in the 2014-20 MFF.
Within the new framework, €3786 million was allocated for GMES. This amount covers GMES Services, In-Situ Component (a network of sensors on the ground, at sea and in the air) and the Space Component, securing funding for the programme's long-term operational phase.
The funds will allow GMES operations to continue to provide ever-improving global environmental data to services stimulating economic growth and job creation in Europe.
The agreement is an important milestone for GMES, but its future is not yet completely assured. The plan has yet to be approved by the European Parliament before it can enter into force.