Members' Research Service By / October 26, 2018

EU space programme [EU Legislation in Progress]

In June 2018, the European Commission proposed a total budget allocation of €16 billion to finance space activities during the 2021-2027 period.

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Written by Alex Wilson (3rd edition, updated on 12.5.2021),

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In June 2018, the European Commission proposed a budget of €16 billion to finance EU space activities during the 2021-2027 period. The majority of this would be allocated to Galileo and EGNOS, the EU’s global and regional satellite navigation systems; around a third would be allocated to Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation programme; and the remainder would be earmarked for security, such as the Space and Situational Awareness (SSA) programme and the new Governmental Satellite Communication initiative (GOVSATCOM) to support border protection, civil protection and humanitarian interventions. The main aims of the new space programme are to secure EU leadership in space activities, foster innovative industries, safeguard autonomous access to space and simplify governance. The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency will be transformed into a new EU Agency for the Space Programme. In April 2019, after trilogue meetings, Parliament and Council reached a partial agreement on the programme, which was later incorporated by the Parliament in its first-reading position. The agreement covered most of the programme content but not the budget, relations with third countries, or operational security. Further trilogue negotiations, alongside the conclusion of MFF negotiations, helped to secure a comprehensive political agreement on 16 December 2020. The EU space programme will have a total budget of €14.8 billion. The agreed text was then adopted by the Council and Parliament in April 2021.


Proposal for a regulation establishing the space programme of the Union and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme and repealing Regulations (EU) No 912/2010, (EU) No 1285/2013, (EU) No 377/2014 and Decision 541/2014/EU
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2018) 447
Rapporteur: Massimiliano Salini (EPP, Italy) 2018/0236 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Carlos Zorrinho (S&D, Portugal)
Christophe Grudler (Renew, France)
Isabella Tovaglieri (ID, Italy)
Damian Boeselager (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czechia)
Manuel Bompard (The Left, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2021/696
OJ L 170, 12.5.2021, pp. 69–148

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