Communication on a European Union space strategy serving its citizensMarch 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment
By P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
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Communication on a European Union space strategy serving its citizens
On Monday 4 April, the European Commission will adopt the Communication on a European Union space strategy serving its citizens. This Communication reaffirms the priorities of European policy in this area: the completion of Galileo-EGNOS and GMES and the development of a space policy confirm that the space component will be retained in the future research programme. The Communication will also set out preliminary guidelines on the development of European space governance. Mr Tajani will present the Communication during his official visit to the European Space Agency’s Earth Observation Centre, ESRIN, in Frascati.
Article 189 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) confers on the European Union a new competence, which it shares with the Member States, in the field of space. The Treaty provides for a clear mandate to draw up space policy, to establish space programmes and to coordinate the Member States’ space activities, both internal and external. To this end, the Union is to establish any appropriate relations with the European Space Agency.
Press conference by Antonio Tajani at ESRIN’s headquarters in Frascati, Italy (time tbc). EbS will be on site to cover the event.