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BRIEFING: How the EU budget is spent

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Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth observation and monitoring programme. It has a space component and a ground-based component, and provides users with data services. It is a user-driven programme under civilian control, building on existing national and European capacities, and continuing the work of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. It is based on a partnership between the EU, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EU Member States.

EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) heading and policy area
Heading 1a – Competitiveness for growth and jobs

2014-20 financial envelope (in current prices and as % of total MFF)
Commitments  :  €4 291.48 million (0.395%)

2016 budget (in current prices and as % of total EU budget)
Commitments  :  €583.567 million (0.376%)
Payments          :  €580 million (0.403%)

2017 budget (in current prices and as % of total EU budget)
Commitments  :  €604.83 million) (0.3831 %)
Payments          :  €694.17 million (0.5161 %)

Methods of implementation
Direct management (European Commission) and indirect management (e.g. European Space Agency (ESA); European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT); European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF); MercatorOcéan).

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SOURCE: EC Research & Innovation – Press Centre