ESA, hoping for UK return to EU’s Copernicus, has quantified UK benefits to inform restarted EU-UK negotiations

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency and its British delegation have assembled a detailed assessment quantifying the benefits of a UK return to the Copernicus environment-monitoring program to assist UK and European Commission negotiators, the head of ESA’s Earth observation directorate said.

The assessment is intended as an objective view to inform the restarted UK-EU talks on how much discount to allow the UK by virtue of its returning, despite Brexit, to a seven-year EU budget cycle 2.5 years after its start.

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