27 October 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 its work and analysis on the socioeconomic benefits of GMES with focus on disaster management.
Poland which currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, has demonstrated an interest in disaster management and the socioeconomic benefits of GMES. In this context, ESPI has been conducting research and analysis in the field and was invited to present the preliminary results to the space working party.
In the presentation ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa discussed issues related to the impact natural disasters have in Europe and its Member States, the public perception on these issues and the impact GMES can bring. It was highlighted that GMES brings significant socioeconomic benefits and can offer significant strategic and political benefits for Europe. The strategic and political benefits for Europe are inherently economically non-quantifiable. The benefits concern European leadership in this high-profile area and the long term quality of life of the European citizens. The main strategic and political benefits of GMES are access to independent information to support European interests and decisison-making and European autonomy in critical technologies and capabilities.
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