Today, on the proposed regulation demonstrating the next EU space programme for the years 2021 to 2027, a provisional political agreement was reached by the negotiators of EU Council and European Parliament. For the programme, worth €14.8 billion has been set aside, more precisely €9.01 billion for Galileo and EGNOS, €5.42 billion for Copernicus and €442 million for SSA and /GOVSATCOM.

High quality, secure and up-to-date space-related data and services will be ensured by the regulations. From that there will be greater socio-economic benefits such as job creation and enhanced growth in the EU. As a leader of the space sector, it will also intensify autonomy and security of the EU and will ensure a stronger role for the EU.

To achieve the previously mentioned aspects, the regulation needs streamlining and simplifying the existing EU legal framework on space policy. To improve and continue the existing space programmes such as EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus – EU would need enough space budget.

It would also be needed for catering access to secure satellite communications for national authorities (GOVSATCOM) and for monitoring space hazards under the SSA programme which is ‘space situational awareness’. Systematizing the security framework of the space programme and establishing the rules for governance of the EU space programme are also required.

On 18th December, to the permanent representatives committee of the Council, the provisionally agreed text will be submitted for analysis or political endorsement. Depending on the Council and the European Parliament, the future adoption of the regulation will propose the second reading. Before the adoption of the Multiannual Financial Framework of the EU for 2021-2027, the regulation cannot be adopted.

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