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The GMES initiative seeks to bring together the needs of society related to the issue of environment and security with the advanced technical and operational capability offered by terrestrial and space borne observation systems. It is a direct response to the growing concerns amongst policy makers to ensure in a timely manner access to information on the environment at global, regional and local scales.

The current document contains the GMES EC Action Plan for the period 2001-2003. It presents the background, objectives and the general implementation principles, programme of work and envisaged priorities.

The document was originally published in October 2001as a Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament (COM(2001) 609 final). It is now republished as a brochure, in Spanish and Italian only, with the addition of an introduction by Commissioner Busquin. The original version is available for downloading, in 11 languages, from the CORDIS-RTD Document Library.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20039 EN (2002), pp.23. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: ISBN: 92-894-1879-6 (IT) EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20039-ES-C EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20039-IT-C Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-29-58220 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-1815-X (ES
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