Copenhagen, Denmark: The ‘GMES in Action’ conference concluded in Copenhagen, Denmark. One central outcome of the conference is a resolution on the future of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme). The ‘Copenhagen Resolution’ outlines the programme’s objectives, potential and requirements to move forward, such as an adequate governance model, data policy and long-term financial commitment.
Referring to an independent study, the resolution observed that GMES will exhibit a return on investment of up to ten times, constituting an efficient way of overcoming economic crises. One can click here to download the ‘Copenhagen Resolution’.
During the Conference, Paul Weissenberg, Deputy Director General of the European Commission, DG Enterprise and Industry commented, “The return on investment is impressive. Each EUR 1 invested will generate EUR 4 in return.” He added, “GMES must continue, and GMES will continue.”
On the other hand, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes Volker Liebig expressed concern over the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme) funding, during the ‘GMES in Action’ conference in Denmark. He stated, “We are only 15 months away from the planned launch of the first Sentinel satellite, but we don’t know yet if there will be funding for operating the satellites beyond 2014.”
Indeed, the future of GMES has been shaky since the European Commission proposed funding for GMES outside the Multiannual Financial Framework (2014-2020) through an intergovernmental mechanism.
During the conference’s introductory session, Member of European Parliament Anne Jensen, stressed that GMES should be financed within the European Union (EU) budget, noting that the price is small compared to the benefits of the programme and there is no risk of cost increase. “The estimate is that EUR 5.8 billion are needed for 2014-2020 – less than 0.5 percent of the EU budget. The budget is only 1 percent of the EU economy,” she said.