NEREUS aims to encourage uptake of space technologies at regional level through advocacy to shape European policies and by giving citizens and end-users a greater role in space policy and markets, and by leveraging partnerships and highlighting convincing application projects. NEREUS has notably helped to define priorities for Copernicus to meet end-user needs, contributed to the Copernicus User Uptake project for Horizon 2020 and organized conferences, for example for the Toulouse Space Show.
The statement signed yesterday confirms regions’ interest in continuing to work together to support development of space applications and covers policy priorities for 2018-2020. It underlines that there is still some way to go to make space data really useful to citizens, businesses and governments. It restates NEREUS’s mission and in particular its role matching technologies to users and identifying new requirements for future satellite systems.
After the signing ceremony, Lionel Suchet commented: “In signing this statement, CNES intends to affirm its position with respect to Europe’s regions. It is the logical next step after the statement of intent by precursor regions for space applications signed at the Paris Air Show in June with the Presidents of the French Guiana regional authority (CTG) and of the regional councils of Brittany, Ile-de-France, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. It is vital for European space policy that we pursue these efforts and CNES shall be working hard to do just that.”
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