EUFODOS supports the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative, which is being implemented by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) . GMES is driven by the need to improve the capacity for monitoring of the European and global environment and by governments’ obligations to ensure the security of citizens. It is a concerted effort to bring data and information providers closer together with the users, which are mainly governments, public institutions, and the citizens. GMES will allow to access more reliable and accurate environmental and security-related information through enhanced or new services to support decision-making of both institutional and private actors.

GMES aims to establish a self-contained European earth observation capacity. It is the European contribution to the integrated Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) .