Iceland a Member State of EUMETSAT
Unlimited access to satellite earth observation data
Iceland has joined EUMETSAT as its latest Member State, less than half a year after the signature of the accession agreement last autumn. This brings EUMETSAT very close to achieving the goal of 30 Member States in 2014, as says in a news release 22 January.
As a Member State, Iceland is fully involved in the strategic decisions of EUMETSAT's ruling Council. Also, its industry will be able to bid for contracts, and Icelandic nationals can become staff members, in addition to Iceland obtaining unlimited access to all EUMETSAT data and products.
Accession to EUMETSAT will improve Iceland‘s forecasting capabilities, bringing significant benefits for key industries such as fisheries, agriculture and tourism, enhancing public safety and supporting other important areas such as road construction, research and education; according to Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland.