30 August 2013. On 27 August, the ESPI Director, Peter Hulsroj, delivered the key-note speech at the signing ceremony of the NOAA and EUMETSAT agreement on long term cooperation. The ceremony took place at the premises of the EU delegation to the US in Washington, D.C. and was hosted by the Deputy Head of the European Mission, Francois Rivasseau. The agreement was signed by the acting NOAA Administrator, Kathryn Sullivan, and the Director-General of Eumetsat, Alain Ratier.
In his key-note speech Mr. Hulsroj explained how ESPI has been analysing the roots and developments of the relationship between the two organisations, and how both the 30 year duration of the partnership and the diversity of topics involved in the cooperation has led to a robustness, which in many respects can be considered paradigmatic for other organisations. Considerable cost benefits have been reaped by the partners but equally important the user community has been served even better because of the cooperation.
This perspective was echoed in the remarks by Kathryn Sullivan and Alain Ratier, who both noted that the agreement on long-term cooperation showed a path ahead which was hugely informed by the positive experiences of the past.
If interested in more information on the NOAA-EUMETSAT relationship then please download the full ESPI report, authored by Resident Fellow Arne Lahcen, when it becomes available on 17 September after presentation at an event at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna (see upcoming events)