The European NMS formed EUMETNET in 1996 as the Conference of the NMS in Europe. It was established as an association without legal personality with a primary mission to help cooperation and collaboration among its members and to represent them externally on a collective basis, particularly when communicating with European organizations, especially the EU and EC. Enhanced cooperation between
members has been achieved in fields of science, technology, skills and services. The focus has been on the core capabilities of the members, in particular: observing systems, data bases, data processing and data communications systems, basic forecasting products, research and development, training, coordination of technical assistance, and production of essential output information to end-users – especially the citizens of Europe. At the time of incorporation of the EUMETNET EIG, the members of EUMETNET are the NMS of: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.