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Industry Committee approves Copernicus, the EU's new Earth observation system

28 November 2013

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Copernicus, the EU's new Earth Observation System, was approved by the Industry Committee on Thursday. Replacing the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme, it will have a 3.79 billion Euro budget for 2014-2020. Its data will serve many purposes, including monitoring climate change and protecting public security.

Vittorio Prodi (S&D, IT), who drafted the approved text, said the primary objective of Copernicus is to "benefit European citizens in a variety of fields, specifically for environment and climate change purposes". "The environmental monitoring of air, water and soil will help improve health, for instance. Other applications can aid significantly agriculture activities, through a more effective control of our agricultural and fish resources", he added.

Mr Prodi added that: "Copernicus will generate a financial benefit of some 30 billion Euros and a minimum of around 50,000 new jobs over the period 2015-2030. Studies show that these benefits could multiply by a factor between 5 and 10 if adequate downstream enabling factors are in place".

Source: European Parliament

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