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N° 12–2018: Call for media: 20th anniversary of the Baveno Manifesto, 20-21 June 2018

30 May 2018

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the signature of the Baveno Manifesto, a special event has been organised by the European Commission in partnership with ESA and with the support of the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.

Media representatives are invited to attend the event, which is being held in Baveno, Italy, and also visit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.

The event will highlight the achievements of the European Copernicus programme since the initial commitment of intents in 1998 and examine how the programme has evolved into an independent European Earth Observation system that delivers services for the environment and for security.

Today, Copernicus has seven satellites in operation, offers six services and serves more than 150 000 registered users. It has proven to be an essential contribution for the implementation of European Union policies.

This high-level conference will feature contributions on growth and benefits to citizens, as well as discussions on plans for the future evolution of Copernicus. The conference will be held few days after the approval of the new Regulation that sets the action for the next financial period.

The official start of operation of the new data access platforms (DIAS) will be included in the event.

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, ESA Director General; Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport and responsible for the JRC, as well as many important guests will attend the conference to present their activities.

Representatives of media will also have the opportunity to visit the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra. During the visit, journalists will be able to enter the European Microwave Signature Laboratory as well as the European Crisis Management Laboratory for information and presentations on Copernicus related activities.

Press trip interviews can be organised with experts from ESA and the European Commission.



Media wishing to attend can register by writing to The deadline for registration is4 June.


About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Slovenia is an Associate Member.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.

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