Establishment of the EU geological agency

GSEU - Geological Survey of Europe - a project carried out by a consortium of geological services of Europe and financed by the EU as a Coordinated Support Action (CSA).

The CSA project consists of the following actions and activities: standardization, information dissemination, awareness raising and communication, networking, policy dialogues and joint training and research, in particular, research on the design of new infrastructure, strategic planning activities and coordination between programs in different countries.

The project is large-scale and complex, involving 48 partners from 33 countries.

Among the participants are four organizations from Ukraine: the Institute of Geological Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Ore Formation named after M.P. Semenenko, SSPE "Geoinform of Ukraine" and the Public Organization " Ukrainian Association of Geologists".

The UAG has the largest number of tasks among the Ukrainian project participants. Leading scientists from the Educational and Scientific Institute "Institute of Geology", the Institute of Renewable Energy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine¸ the State Institution "Scientific Center of Mining Geology, Geoecology and Infrastructure Development of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine" are involved in the implementation of certain types of work.

The GSEU project aims to contribute to the European Green Deal, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Horizon Europe goals through the development of the Geological Survey for Europe.

Subsoils contain irreplaceable resources for European industry and opportunities to decarbonize our economy, but also require careful management to maintain a healthy and safe living environment for European citizens.

A structural solution to the problem of the EU in the field of geological services is necessary, since the scale of many socially and economically significant geological features exceeds the scale of individual countries.

Solving transnational and continental challenges requires innovation, standardization and harmonization, as well as a shared vision.

GSEU is an aspiration to create a Geological Survey for Europe based on best European practices.

Existing Geological Surveys, the national custodians of geological information, have amassed a vast legacy of data and information that is difficult to integrate.

This project will continue the harmonization and standardization work started in previous projects.

The GSEU aims to create joint services that can support the acceleration of energy and climate transitions, as well as significantly strengthen intra-European cooperation.

An important component of the project is innovation in ways of organizing, visualizing, conveying and translating information about the subsoil adapted to the needs of a wide range of users, as well as the methodology necessary to achieve this.

Based on the foundations laid in the GeoERA programme, the GSEU will increase the scale of scientific collaboration and expand by bringing together national stakeholders in a joint network to obtain sustainable support for the project and ultimately a mandate for the European Service on a permanent basis.

The main overall goal of this project is the creation of a Geological Survey for Europe, which GSEU envisages as an entry point into a permanent network of cooperation between the organizations of the European Geological Survey.

Our long-term goal is to provide European institutions, businesses and individual citizens with up-to-date and high-quality information collected at EU level on everything related to applied geology and geological knowledge.

The GSEU will achieve this goal by bringing together Europe's fragmented array of geoscientific data, information and knowledge, as well as the expertise and infrastructure behind it.

The specific goals of GSEU are:

  • to develop pan-European harmonized data and information services
  • develop an infrastructure – based on the already existing European Geological Data Infrastructure (EGDI) – to continuously provide access and dissemination of data and information services developed within and beyond this project, aimed at a wide range of stakeholders, with the specific aim of facilitating further innovation on the market of innovative solutions with their subsequent implementation
  • continue to strengthen the network of national and regional organizations of the geological service and develop, in close cooperation with individual EU member states and the EU as a whole, a permanent structure that is capable of long-term support of pan-European geological knowledge/experience/skills and services developed within the project and beyond, thereby optimizing GSEU's ability to be significantly more influential in the future.