20070527 - EU space policyEurope's Space Policy approved
Europäische Raumfahrtpolitik gebilligt<br /> On 22 May, Ministers in charge of space activities in the Member States of the European Space Agency, and those tasked with internal market, industry and research within the European Union's Competitiveness Council, met in Brussels to adopt a Resolution on the European Space Policy.
Jointly drafted by the European Commission and the Director General of the European Space Agency, the European Space Policy outlines the strategic guidelines for Europe's future activities in space. Through this document, the European Union, ESA and their Member States commit themselves to increasing coordination of their activities and programmes and to organising their respective roles relating to space.
The European Space Policy comes with the preliminary elements of a European Space Programme, which is a planning and strategic tool comprising all Europe's major space activities. The Programme supports the optimisation of public resources and skills when deciding and implementing the Space Policy. The European Space Policy aims at fostering better coordination of space activities between the EU, ESA and their respective Member States, to maximise value for money and avoid unsustainable duplication, thus meeting shared European needs. Increased synergy between civil and defence space programmes and technologies is also addressed by the ESP.
The new policy calls for ensuring sustainable funding for space applications, in particular the flagship initiative Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES). It also recognises that space is a high value-adding sector, a driver for growth, innovation and employment and a valuable opportunity provider for European industry. Moreover, the European Space Policy supports e EU's external relations, insofar as the EU, ESA and their Member States will put in place a coordination mechanism to develop a joint strategy for international relations regarding space activities.