Apr 27, 2007

EU needs powerful space policy to face global challenges

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Emergency services and communications, navigation systems, live sports, news and weather coverage and financial transactions: day-to-day life in Europe depends more and more on space applications. A comprehensive political framework for the development of a viable and strong space sector has been tabled jointly today by the Commission and the Director General of the European Space Agency.

We intend to live up to Europe’s global leadership aspirations in important industrial and research areas, which will provide growth and jobs for the future.
Commission Vice-President, G. Verheugen

The proposal focuses in particular on making more effective use of resources by combining efforts, as single Member States would not be able to face global challenges. Space is a strategic and high value-added growth sector on which the economy relies. The communication of the Commission and the General Director of ESA will be sent for endorsement to the European Space Council, a joint meeting of Competitiveness ministers and ESA-representatives from Member States, which will discuss the new policy on 22 May.

For more information on European Space Industry and examples of Space application see MEMO.

Contact: Enterprise and Industry DG ‘Space Policy and Coordination’,

See also: Space site – Enterprise and Industry DG