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Bulgaria signs accession agreement with EUMETSAT

(PresseBox) (Darmstadt, )
Bulgaria is on its way to becoming a EUMETSAT Member State in 2014 following the signature of the accession agreement by EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier and Prof Dr Aneliya Klisarova, Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria, during the session of the 79th Council meeting.

After the completion of the ratification process, expected in the course of 2014, Bulgaria will be fully involved in the strategic decisions of EUMETSAT's ruling Council, in addition to having access to all EUMETSAT data and products.

During the signature ceremony, Mrs Klisarova declared: "Accession to EUMETSAT as a full Member State will ensure that the Republic of Bulgaria has full access to high quality satellite information. The accession will also integrate the Bulgarian National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology into European meteorological research and operational activities. In addition, full membership will foster the implementation of advanced technologies for using satellite data in operational weather forecasting, improving the efficiency of meteorological, hydrological and ecological observations. This in turn will help protect life and property and offer benefits for the economy".

Ratier commented: "I am delighted that Bulgaria is en route to full EUMETSAT membership and recognises the benefits provided by our satellites. This is particularly significant at a time when EUMETSAT needs to invest in the renewal of its polar-orbiting satellite system".

EUMETSAT

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 27 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and four Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Iceland, Lithuania, and Serbia).

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). EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat-8, -9 and -10 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.

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.

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