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Copernicus budget approved by industry committee

MEPs have approved funding for Copernicus, the EU’s Earth observation system, at €3.8 billion for 2014-2020.

Copernicus is to replace the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security programme. MEPs on the Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy committee said in a statement on 28 November that they would ensure there was a clear breakdown of the budget. They also want to encourage a longer-term approach to providing services beyond the budget period.

According to the statement, Copernicus is hoped to generate an economic benefit of €30bn and provide at least 50,000 new jobs between 2015-30. The aim of the system is to monitor climate change, air, soil and water, as well as improving control of agricultural and fish resources. 

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