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Framework programme


Successor programme


Official Journal Reference

L 141 of 1992-05-23

Legislative Reference

92/273/EEC of 1992-04-29
To serve as the European focal point for earth observation data and as the hub of a distributed Global Environmental Data Network.


Part of the third Framework programme for Community activities in the field of research and technological development (1990 to 1994) under subactivity II.3.: "Environment", the Centre for Earth Observation (CEO) is a new activity of the Joint Research Centre. The JRC is collaborating with the European Space Agency (ESA) in the creation of the centre. It will be coordinated with and will support, notably, the activities of the planned European Environment Agency.

The feasibility study phase began in 1992 and is being coordinated with the ESA feasibility study GENIUS. The study will consider all aspects of the CEO, including architectures for archival and data reception, data processing, cataloguing, validation/standards and user interface.

Prototype studies based on thematic applications already in process at IRSA will be undertaken in 1993 if the results of the feasibility phase are positive.


Information not presently available.


The Commission, assisted by the Board of Governors of the Joint Research Centre (JRC), is responsible for carrying out the programme by means of the services of the JRC and in parallel with other relevant specific programmes of the third Framework programme (1990-1994).

The programme comprises research and technological development (RTD) projects and accompanying measures. The RTD projects are carried out in collaboration and in concert, whenever feasible, with national research bodies in the Member States, taking into account as far as possible regional development aspects of RTD activities and their potential socio-economic effects. Particular attention will be paid to associations with industry, notably with SMEs, in collaborative schemes around the projects.

The Institute for Systems Engineering and Informatics (ISEI) at Ispra has the responsibility for overall coordination and management. The Institute for Remote Sensing Applications (IRSA), also at Ispra, provides support in the field of validation/standards, particularly in applications where it has competences such as vegetation, ocean and agricultural monitoring.

The Commission is authorized to negotiate international agreements with third country members of COST, in particular member countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Central and Eastern European countries, with a view to associating them with the programme. However, no contracting body based outside the Community may benefit from the Community financing granted to the programme. Such a body shall contribute to the general administrative costs.

Research projects open to international cooperation shall include cooperation measures with international research laboratories and make provision for the exchange of researchers. Supplementary measures should allow cooperation with research laboratories and institutions located in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

The total funds estimated as necessary for the execution of the JRC's specific programmes in the field of the environment (Environmental Protection, Application of Remote Sensing Techniques, Industrial Hazards, Centre for Earth Observations) amount to ECU 148.5 million, 6% of which may be used for exploratory research. A sum representing 1% of the total JRC budget for 1992-1994 is reserved as a contribution from the JRC's specific programmes to the centralized action on dissemination and exploitation of results (VALUE II).

Knowledge gained through the realization of the projects will be disseminated by the programme itself as well as by the centralized action.

The Commission shall each year before 31 March present to the European Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee a report on the implementation of the programme, together with the observations of the Board of Governors. At the end of the programme an evaluation of the research shall be conducted by a group of independent external experts and a report on the evaluation, accompanied by the opinion of the Board of Governors, shall be forwarded to these same bodies.
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