Satellites and space technologies provide our societies with crucial services; they have a direct impact on your everyday lives, and the space industry is a source of economic growth and jobs.The EU relies on space technology for implementing its policies – protecting the marine and land environment and biodiversity, combating climate change, responding to disasters, managing transport …
To achieve this mission, the EU needed its own independent access to space-based services. The Lisbon Treaty, signed by the EU member states on December 2007, has given the EU a mandate to
draw up a space policy
set up space programmes
coordinate the work being done at national level.
Two major space programmes are currently underway: GALILEO (satellite navigation system) and COPERNICUS.
They are driven by the EC Diretorate Entreprise and Industry ( European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner : Antonio TAJANI).
COPERNICUS, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is the European Programme for the establishment of a European capacity for Earth Observation and Monitoring.
COPERNICUS encompasses 3 components: SPACE , INSITU and SERVICES