15 December 2011. The space working party meeting was held in Brussels, under the chairmanship of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. 

ESPI was invited to present the its report 39 on “Socioeconomic benefits of GMES. A synthesis derived from a comprehensive analysis of previous results with focus on disaster management”. This study was conducted under the auspices of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the presentation ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa presented issues related to natural disasters and their economic impact in Europe and its Members States and the socioeconomic benefits GMES can bring to Europe and its citizens in this regard and more generally. The public opinion of the European citizens was presented regarding developing a pan-European approach on disaster management and on the development of European Earth observations systems. It was stressed that some of the socioeconomic benefits of GMES can be quantified and others cannot. In particular the strategic and political benefits for Europe are inherently non-quantifiable. The main strategic and political benefits of GMES are access to independent information to support European interests and European autonomy in critical technologies and capabilities and to show Europe as a leader in the environmental field. The quantifiable economic benefits are estimated to be such that for every 1 euro of tax payers’ money invested in GMES, citizens will receive the equivalent of at least 10 euros public benefits back in a dynamic scenario where the interrelationship between impacted areas of environment, climate change, security and industrial development are taken into account.

ESPI’s Christina Giannopapa with the representatives of the Polish Presidency and Council secretariat. From left: Krzysztof Zareba, Chairperson Beata Lubos, Jakub Ryzenko, Christina Giannopapa, Council Secretariat Thomas Brandtner, Katarzyna Chajec, Anna Kobierzycka

Related Webnews:
- 27 October 2011. “ESPI invited to speak at the EU Council’s space working party on socioeconomic benefits of GMES”

- ESPI Report 39: “The Socio-Economic benefits of GMES. A Synthesis Derived from a Comprehensive Analysis of Previous Results. Focusing on Disaster Management”.

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