- November 3, 2010
- Posted by: EARSC
- Category: EARSC News
On 28 October 2010, the European Commission adopted the Communication on “An integrated industrial policy for the globalisation era.” This policy document sets out a strategy that aims to boost EU economy. It is accompanied by a report on the competiveness performance of individual Member States and the annual European Competitiveness Report.
According to the Communication, the European space industrial policy should cover the development of a market for space products and services, notably new satellite-enabled services from GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) and satellite communications infrastructures.
The document states that Galileo/EGNOS and GMES are well established programmes whose completion and continuation beyond 2013 will be the subject of legislative proposals in 2011 in line with overall proposals for the Multiannual Financial Framework. It is mentioned that GMES is the main space contribution of the Union to tackle climate change. In this context, it is necessary to complete the space observation infrastructures that are designed for land, ocean, atmosphere and air quality monitoring, as well as emergency response and security, in order to deliver on the “climate change” service of GMES. The policy document also highlights the fact that space applications are an essential tool for the security of the citizen.
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