Minimize User Categories

The categories of Copernicus Users eligible for accessing data from the Copernicus Space Component are defined by the European Commission (EC). The seven categories reported below are applicable to the Data Warehouse phase 2 (2014-2020). Their legally binding definitions are part of the ESA-User Licence.

 

  • Copernicus Services [Copernicus_Services]
    This category includes Copernicus Services first established under the Regulation (EU) No 911/2010 and then under Regulation (EU) No 377/2014 establishing the Copernicus Programme and repealing Regulation (EU) No 911/2010.
  • Institutions and Bodies of the EU [Union_Inst]
    Institutions and Bodies of the EU include:
    • The European Institutions set up under the EU Treaties
    • Agencies and other Union Bodies set up under the EU Treaties
    • Contractors of such entities
  • Participants to a research project financed under the Union research programmes - Space [Union_Research_Projects_space]
    Participants to a research project financed under the Union research programmes- space include any natural or legal person officially registered as participant of a project funded under the space themes of EU research framework programmes. Participants to very limited activities closely linked to Copernicus like Copernicus Masters may be eligible to this user category on a case by case basis upon confirmation by the European Commission.
  • Participants to a research project financed under the Union research programmes - Non-space [Union_Research_Projects_non-space]
    Participants to a research project financed under the Union research programmes - non-space include any natural or legal person officially registered as participant of a project funded under EU research framework programmes outside the Space themes.
  • Public Authorities [Public_Auth]
    Public Authorities include:
    • Any government or other public administration of States participating in the Copernicus Programme including public advisory bodies, at national, regional or local level
    • Any natural or legal person performing public administrative functions under national law, including specific duties, activities or services in relation to an EU policy
    • Any natural or legal person having public responsibilities or functions, or providing public services relating to an EU policy under the control of a body or person falling within (1) or (2), such as a contractor of a public authority
    • Any research and academic organisation
    • Contractors of such entities
  • International Organisations and NGOs [INT_ORG_NGO]
    International Organisations and NGOs are defined as:
    • Any international governmental organisation created by an international treaty which can be looked up in the UN online database of treaties. Specialised agencies of the UN are included
    • Any international non-governmental organisation specialised in humanitarian development or environmental activities
  • Public
    Any natural or legal person falls in to the Public user category