Lithuania to become full member of EUMETSAT2012-02-01
At the end of last year, Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Lithuanian Minister of Environment, and Alain Ratier, the Director General of the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), signed an agreement on the accession of
According to Vida Augulienė, the Director of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of the Environment, accession to the EUMETSAT Convention means that the country becomes a full member of this international organisation. Lithuania will have unlimited access to all data from meteorological satellites and information products created on their basis, as well as a voting right in the EUMETSAT Council, the corporate governance body, and Lithuanian citizens will be able to get a job at the headquarters of the organisation in accordance with the general competitive procedure.
A total of 27 European countries are members of EUMETSAT. Four more countries – , , and – have the
Since 2008, EUMETSAT has also performed oceanographic observations using a Jason-2 satellite. Satellite information facilitates timely and accurate weather forecasting, warning of dangerous and disastrous atmospheric phenomena, monitoring of climate and environmental change and human impact on the environment.
6 January 2012