At the end of April, the European Commission has launched a consultation proccess on future Space Strategy for Europe. The aim is to use the knowledge gained by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EU countries for the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Maria Andrzejewska, director of the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre and one of NEREUS exsperts, participated in the Copernicus Value Chain Workshop (Brussels, 26-27 April 2016) bringing the public end user perspective into the European Commission's stakeholder consultation process.

Maria Andrzejewska (Mazovia, PL) contributed to the session on "Defining clear roles for the public and private sectors in the Copernicus value chain". As Director of the UNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre, one of the few specialized centers in charge of promoting spatial data and GIS for environmental applications, she highlighted the biases when the public sector distributes free services to other public and private authorities. This statement was brought into the conclusions on how to clearly define a border between the Core Services and the downstream market. (NEREUS Newsflash, April 2016)

The European Earth observation programme Copernicus, previously known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is coordinated and managed by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).