In March 2015 representatives of the EU member states and the European Commission, as well as representatives of European Data Protection Authorities and the industry gathered in Riga to compile a strategy for the development of the European civil drones market.

Both industry and public authorities stressed the importance of the development of the drone technology, which offers the promise to perform existing services in a more affordable and environmentally friendly way.

To promote the safe and sustainable development of innovative drone services throughout Europe, the “Riga Declaration on Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drones)” was agreed upon, which is the basis for a set of rules that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is to propose by the end of the year. Meteomatics has signed the Riga Declaration to support the market development of civil drones and thus promote the further development of its own innovative drone project, the Meteodrones.