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The Space Policy of the European Union

EU space aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges today, such as fighting climate change and helping to stimulate technological innovation

EU space policy tackles some of the most pressing challenges today, such as fighting climate change, helping to stimulate technological innovation, and providing socio-economic benefits to citizens. Space technology, data and services have become indispensable in the lives of Europeans. We rely on them when using mobile phones and car navigation systems, watching satellite TV, and withdrawing money. Satellites also provide immediate information when disasters, such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods strike, enabling better coordination between emergency and rescue teams.

 

By implementing the Space Policy, DG DEFIS addresses four of the EU’s political priorities “a European Green Deal”  “a Europe fit for the digital age.”Supporting our European way of life" and a "Stronger Europe in the World". The Space Policy includes the EU Space Programme, ensuring access to space, EU Space Research and Innovation initiatives and investing in quantum technologies. The main targets for these policies are start-ups which develop innovative solutions based on EU space technologies, space data and services. The EU Space Programme will promote the emergence of a European New Space eco-system to foster entrepreneurship and to promote the European space industry.

The EU space components are implemented in close cooperation with EU countries, the European Space Agency (ESA), EUMETSAT, the European GNSS Agency and many other stakeholders. Ensuring effective and efficient cooperation and coordination between these actors is essential to optimise the impact of European policies and investment in space. The Programme's main targets are decision-makers, public authorities, EU citizens, EU commercial and private users and others, such as researchers and nongovernmental organisations. Nevertheless, the information gathered by satellites that have been launched for the EU Space Programme is freely accessible to the public.