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EU space programme [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Cemal Karakas (2nd edition, updated on 15.5.2019),

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In June 2018, the European Commission proposed a total budget allocation of €16 billion to finance space activities during the 2021-2027 period. The bulk of this, €9.7 billion in current prices, would be allocated to Galileo and EGNOS, the EU’s global and regional satellite navigation systems, €5.8 billion would be allocated to Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation programme, and €500 million 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, for instance. 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 space programme would upgrade the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency by expanding its tasks and transforming it into the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme.


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: Constanze Krehl (S&D, Germany)
Evžen Tošenovský (ECR, Czech Republic)
Caroline Nagtegaal (ALDE, the Netherlands)
Jaromír Kohlíček (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)
Davor Škrlec (Greens/EFA, Croatia)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
Christelle Lechevalier (ENF, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Resumption of trilogue negotiations



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