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Approved Regulation establishing the Copernicus programme

Approved Regulation establishing the Copernicus programme


The Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council establishing the Copernicus program and repealing Regulation (EU) No 911/2010 was approved in the plenary session, Strasburg.

Maria da Graça Carvalho, was the principal rapporteur of the opinion on the proposal for a regulation from the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to the Committee Budget (BUDG).

Copernicus is the new European Earth observation system that replaces the Global Monitoring system for Environment and Security (GMES), and was given a budget of € 3.79 billion for 2014-2020.

This new system aims at providing free of charge information in the areas of land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management and security monitoring. This data would be gathered from several Earth observation satellites and a multitude of sensors on the ground, at sea or in the air.