Belgium: In a bid to establish a Marketplace Alliance for EO Services (MAEOS), the EARSC board has decided that the European Marketplace for EO Services should move immediately towards establishing an EOMall which would be a completely separate legal entity to EARSC.
The EOMall would operate a marketplace on behalf of those companies which choose to join and invest in the venture. At the same time, EARSC will define possible policy and governance conditions for companies working together under a lighter structure which will be the MAEOS.
The result is that every company will have a choice whether to join the close collaboration in the EOMall, work in a lighter co-operation under EARSC/MAEOS or stay outside both and operate independently.
All companies will be able to remain in the EARSC network and benefit from the lobbying and information activities but those seeking closer co-operation will receive additional benefits. In the meantime, the interim results, including those from the stakeholder consultation analysis, will be presented on 25th October 2016 at the EO Innovation Europe: Network of Platforms Architecture and Implementation – Stakeholder Consultation Workshop at ESRIN in Frascati.