The EU Copernicus Earth Observation Program will become an important factor in ensuring sustainable development in the economic, environmental, transport, energy, research, security and other aspects of life in Ukraine. This was stated by Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze during a Copernicus Information Day in Kyiv.
In her speech, the Vice Prime Minister noted that the space sector is included into the sections of the High-Level Ukraine-EU Dialogue in Horizontal and Specific Industrial Sectors as well as cluster 2 of the Subcommittee on Economic and Other Sectoral Cooperation of the Ukraine-EU Association Committee, within the competence of which are the space industry issues. "Every element of our implementation of the Association Agreement should have and, I hope, it has a concrete impact on the life of each particular citizen. I believe that today you will discover new facets of how Ukraine can use the information that will be obtained through our accession to the Copernicus program and in what way the information on monitoring and remote sensing of the Earth can be used for our economy, ecology and security", stressed Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
"The Copernicus is a revolutionary program of the European Union for research and monitoring the Earth. By means of a variety of technologies - from space satellites to ground-based, airborne and seaborne measurement systems, Copernicus is used to provide operational data and information services in a wide range of applications. "I very much hope that Ukraine's participation in this program will give an impetus to the opening up of new opportunities for the development and well-being of every citizen", said Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.
The event was also attended by the Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Pavlo Degtyarenko and Head of Operations Section 3 "Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment" Johannes Baur.
Pavlo Degtyarenko announced that a joint project with the Copernicus will be implemented by the European Commission with Ukraine as one of the first non-EU countries, which will provide wide opportunities for using the space gains of this program in various aspects of Ukraine's life. "The Space Program of Ukraine, the preparation of which by the State Space Agency sees its final stage, provides that starting from 2020, Ukraine will launch one satellite for remote sensing of the Earth. With such a forecast after seven or eight years Ukraine will have an efficient and capable sattelite constellation, thereby enabling us to be full members of international programs, including Copernicus", stressed Pavlo Degtyarenko.
In turn, Johannes Baur noted that Ukraine is an important partner for the EU, as it has significant potential for the development of the space industry. The signing of the Copernicus Cooperation Agreement opens up new opportunities for both sides. "This program includes an extremely wide range of activities and I am convinced that the results of the joint work may be useful to both the public and private sectors in Ukraine", the official stressed.
The State Space Agency of Ukraine and the European Commission signed a Cooperation Agreement in the area of data access and use of Sentinel satellite data of the Copernicus programme.
The signing ceremony took place on May 25 in the framework of the visit of the SSAU delegation headed by Mr. Pavlo Degtyarenko, the SSAU Chairman, to Brussels, the Kingdom of Belgium.
The Agreement shall facilitate the establishment of close cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the field of remote sensing and ensure the implementation of the provisions of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The cooperation between Ukraine and the EU in the field of remote sensing of the Earth is provided for by Article 371 of Chapter 8 (Space), according to which "the Parties shall promote mutually beneficial cooperation on civil space research and space applications", in particular, in the Earth observation and global monitoring. Ukraine's participation in the Copernicus program ensures the implementation of the Action Plan of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, which provides for the organization of the exchange of data obtained as a result of remote sensing of the Earth with European organizations.