France: Europe’s ambitious global environmental monitoring programme will now be able to move into operation as the European Parliament has approved the multiannual financial framework budget for 2014–20.
Marking a significant political milestone, the multiannual financial framework (MMF) includes the provision of €3786 million (at 2011 economic conditions) for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, currently being renamed Copernicus.
Parliament’s approval of the MMF means that the programme can move forward over the next seven years, safeguarding considerable investments already made by ESA and EU Member States.
The legislative framework will be defined by a dedicated Copernicus regulation, a draft of which was proposed by the European Commission on 29 May. The legalities are currently being ironed out by the European Parliament and the European Council.
Coordinating the evolution of the Copernicus Space Component, ESA has prepared a long-term plan for the content and associated funding needs up to 2028.
The plan accounts for the procurement of recurrent Sentinel satellites and instruments, as well as access to data available from contributing missions. It also covers the operation of the Sentinel satellites until 2020.
Copernicus is set to make a step change in the way we care for the planet by providing reliable, timely and accurate services to manage the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and help respond to crises.