In the context of joint activities such as Copernicus, Horizon 2020 and INSPIRE, Europe
delivers important and coordinated contributions to GEOSS and positions
itself together with the national contributions of the member states
as strong partner in GEOSS. The European Commission is one of the
four GEO co-chairs together with the USA, China and South Africa.
It coordinates and represents the European community interests in the
GEO. Three European Countries hold additional rotating seats in the Executive Committee.
They are nominated by the European GEO Members for two years.
Presently, these are German, France and Finland.
„Copernicus“ (formerly know as Global Monitoring for Environment and
Security, GMES is a joint initiative of the
European Union and ESA developing and operating an operational European
earth observation capacity. It delivers efficient information services supporting public
and private services for environment and security. Copernicus is the second "flagship" of European space-based
applications, alongside GALILEO. It is among Europe's main contributions to GEOSS.
Besides six satellite families, the Sentinels, Services for land applications, marine environment, rapid mapping support for emergency anc crisis management,
air quality and atmospheric conditions, climate change and civil security monitoring are operated.