EC launches public consultation on future space strategy
The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation to collect views on the objectives of the EU future space strategy, the main challenges and opportunities for the European space sector, as well as the future of EU space programmes. The EU is investing more than € 12 billion in the implementation of the EU’s space programmes on satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS), Earth observation (Copernicus) and space research under Horizon 2020 between 2014 and 2020.
According to Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, "The purpose of the upcoming Space Strategy for Europe is also to develop a strategy for an autonomous access to space, and increase synergies between space and other domains such as emergency humanitarian aid, agriculture, transport, energy, climate change, defence and security". Maroš Šefčovič, EC Vice President for Energy Union, added that "The EU already today plays a major role in the global space sector. Our competitiveness, new jobs and market opportunities, but also our security, rely on the use of space. Therefore this Commission wants to deliver an ambitious EU space strategy that will define our way forward. I encourage all stakeholders from all areas to participate in this public consultation".
The consultation will be open until 12 July 2016.
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