The European Space Flagship Programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, support the EU's role as a global actor. Specifically, Copernicus provides Europe with an autonomous capacity for Earth Observation and contributes to the EU's position in international negotiations on climate, environment and biodiversity.
With seven satellites already in orbit, Copernicus is increasingly becoming a major element in EU's bilateral relations with international partners. The Copernicus international strategy is guided by its full, free and open data policy in support of tackling global challenges – e.g. environment, climate and security – and providing opportunities for the creation of jobs and growth.
The impact that this TAIEX workshop wishes to achieve is manifold and crosscutting. From a policy dimension, it wishes to contribute to establishing Copernicus as a global best practice and an accepted standard internationally; it also aims at promoting the uptake of Copernicus data globally in order to maximise its societal value in solving global challenges. From a business perspective, it aims to maximise the efficiency of EU’s investments into earth observation through coordination with international partners; to facilitate access to international markets for European Earth Observation companies by creating the conditions for them to be able to export knowledge-intensive products and services based on, inter alia, Copernicus data and services.
Leveraging internationalisation instruments and economic diplomacy initiatives will help facilitate access to international markets for European Earth Observation companies beyond EU borders. The objective is to translate Copernicus cooperation agreements with third countries into concrete business opportunities for European companies.
The experts will come from National Space Agencies and Ministries of Croatia, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, as well as from EU institutions and private companies.
More than 120 attendees will participate from EU Member States, staff of EU institutions, representatives from industry, the research community, state governments, international and non-governmental organisations, and delegates from Central American & Caribbean countries.
The event is organised by the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX), in cooperation with DG GROW, the EU Delegations in Panama and Nicaragua, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Panama, and is funded by the Partnership Instrument (PI).
More information on TAIEX: www.ec.europa.eu/taiex
More information on the EU Partnership Instrument: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/fpi/what-we-do/partnership_instrument_en.htm