At the end of December 2011, Lithuania signed the accession agreement to become a full Member State of EUMETSAT by 1 January 2014, subject to ratification by the Lithuanian parliament.
At the same time, Lithuania signed the extension of its Cooperating State agreement with EUMETSAT by a further two years to cover the period 2012-2013. The two agreements were signed by Mr. Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Lithuanian Minister of the Environment, and Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT.
Lithuania will become a full Member State of EUMETSAT by 2014 after having been a Cooperating State since 2005. Ratier welcomed the Lithuanian accession: “The signature of the accession agreement is the result of active cooperation between Lithuania and EUMETSAT. It clearly shows that Lithuania is aware of the value of our satellites for the monitoring of weather, climate and the environment, and will soon be ready to fully participate in strategic decisions on our future programmes, such as the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation.”