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COPERNICUS / FP7

COPERNICUS is the new name of the European Commission’s Earth Observation & Monitoring Programme, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security).

The new name was announced by Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani during the Competitiveness Council in December 2012.

The Copernicus programme is not only a tool to improve the quality of life of European citizens, but also has the potential to become a major contributor to Europe's strategy for growth and employment. Copernicus does not replace existing European capacities, but rather complements them with a view to fulfilling user needs and guaranteeing sustainability and European autonomy in the long term.

The Copernicus Service information should in particular support Earth environment management and security issues on following 5 domains: Land, Atmosphere, Emergency response, Security and Marine (MyOcean).

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The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) bundles all research-related EU initiatives together under a common roof playing a crucial role in reaching the goals of growth, competitiveness and employment; along with a new Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), Education and Training programmes, and Structural and Cohesion Funds for regional convergence and competitiveness. It is also a key pillar for the European Research Area (ERA).

The broad objectives of FP7 have been grouped into four categories: Cooperation, Ideas, People and Capacities. For each type of objective, there is a specific programme corresponding to the main areas of EU research policy. All specific programmes work together to promote and encourage the creation of European poles of (scientific) excellence.

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