The Government supports Estonia’s candidacy as the country of location for the EU-funded services of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Stenbock House, May 21, 2020 – The Government approved, as a decision of the session, the proposal by Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk for Estonia’s candidacy as the country of location for the provision of European Union-funded services of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts has announced a procurement to find a location in a Member State of the European Union for the implementation of EU-funded services (Copernicus, Horizon Europe and Digital Europe, etc.). In order to participate in the procurement, the State must submit a letter of intent to the Centre by 31 May. This confirms the interest of the State but does not entail an obligation to submit a tender. The deadline for the submission of tenders is 1 October. Preparation thereof is coordinated in Estonia by the Environment Agency.

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts acts as a research centre as well as an operational service operating around the clock; the main task of it is to ensure numerical weather forecasts for Member States for up to 10 days. In addition, the Centre manages the world’s largest archive of meteorological data, performs climate follow-up analyses, and allows Member States to use the Centre’s super-computing resources. The Centre’s headquarters is located in Reading, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is an independent intergovernmental organisation operating since 1975. 34 countries support its activities. Estonia currently has the status of a co-operating Member State, and the accession process is in progress.


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