Thursday, January 25, 2018

EU urged to continue investment to strengthen position in space

The European Union (EU) should continue to invest in space in order to strengthen its position in the area, according to participants at the tenth Conference on European Space Policy that concluded on Wednesday.

During the two-day event, European institutional decision-makers, CEOs from industry and representatives of academia and civil society discussed the development of a European Space Strategy and the 2019 Roadmap of the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to better serve the EU citizens, society and economy, as part of the bloc's priorities.

ESA and European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) signed the Administrative Arrangement, concerning the establishment of their Cooperation.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission said in her speech that the EU has the second biggest budget in the world for space and will continue to invest in this regard.

The cooperation between ESA and SatCen on earth observation is important for natural disasters within the bloc and globally, she added.

The EU already has Copernicus and Galileo programs and now hopes to take Copernicus to the next level, strengthening europe's security system, monitoring the green gas emissions, and enabling all the new startups to access and use space data.

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