Establishment of the ICOS ERIC is a clear signal from the EU about its commitments to the climate targets

The European Commission has officially launched ICOS ERIC, the Integrated Carbon Observation System European Research Infrastructure Consortium. The inauguration ceremony has been held in Brussels on Tuesday 24th November 2015 when Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits has handed out the official plate to the Finnish Minister of Education and Culture Sanni Grahn-Laasonen and ICOS Director General Werner Kutsch.

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Director General Robert-Jan Smits has congratulated Finland and other partner countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden) for successful completion of almost a decade long process from entering in 2006 ESFRI Roadmap to the establishment of the ICOS ERIC.

'By facilitating long term pan-European carbon and GHG observations ICOS ERIC can provide invaluable knowledge to support the European and global efforts of reaching safe climate change mitigation goals. In the view of the upcoming UN COP21 in Paris, this is a clear signal from the EU about its commitments to the climate targets,' said Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits.