Brussels on mission to boost EU’s role in space explorationApril 4, 2011 at 9:51 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
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The European Commission will propose on Monday (4 April) to strengthen the EU’s space policy with the aim of increasing the bloc’s capability “to pursue independent missions”.
Brussels also aims to widen European participation in the International Space Station, where a range of strategic experiments and observations are conducted.
The Commission will present in 2011 a new legislative proposal on the EU’s flagship space programme for satellite navigation, Galileo, and another on the satellite navigation project EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), with the aim of ensuring that “the satellite constellation required to pursue these programmes is put in place in a reasonable amount of time”.
Brussels is also offering to step up the role it plays in the overall security dimension of space policy, particularly by contributing to the development of new infrastructure.