Bulgaria became EUMETSAT's 30th Member State
With Bulgaria joining as EUMETSAT Member State on 30 April, EUMETSAT has already achieved its goal to attain 30 Member States in the course of this year
Prof Dr Aneliya Klisarova, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria, said: " By joining EUMETSAT as a full Member State, the Republic of Bulgaria will take equal part in the joint effort of Europe to develop adequate meteorological satellite systems to maintain the constant flow of data about the atmosphere, Earth's surface, sea and climate and develop efficient technologies for their increasing use. The monitoring of our planet needs a global satellite system, to ensure reliable coverage for collecting high-resolution information in time and space, and this can be achieved only through full international commitment. I believe that the scientific research carried out by the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of Bulgaria will contribute much to the development of future applications of the information provided by EUMETSAT and this will guarantee that our science stays applicable and meets contemporary challenges."
Welcoming Bulgaria as a new Member State, the EUMETSAT Director-General, Alain Ratier, said, "I am very pleased to see Bulgaria join the EUMETSAT family of nations - less than half a year after Minister Klisarova and I signed the accession agreement during the 79th EUMETSAT Council meeting in Darmstadt in November 2013. This shows a clear recognition of the benefits provided by this organisation."
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).
EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9 and -10 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.
EUMETSAT also operates two Metop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Metop-B polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, launched on 17 September 2012, became prime operational satellite on 24 April 2013. It replaced Metop-A, the first European polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, which was launched in October 2006. Metop-A will continue operations as long as its available capacities bring benefits to users.
The Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, launched on 20 June 2008 and exploited jointly with NOAA, NASA and CNES, added monitoring of sea state, ocean currents and sea level change to the EUMETSAT product portfolio.
The data and products from EUMETSAT's satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and the global climate.