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The global space industry has developed very dynamically in recent years. In order to further drive this momentum in Europe too, on 20 Novermber 2020, the EU-ESA Space Council adopted a set of ‘Orientations on the European contribution in establishing key principles for the global space economy’. These resolutions which have been made jointly by the two institutions most important for European space travel, the EU and ESA, are intended to provide a basis for ensuring that the European space industry is economically successful. The European flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus, which provide outstanding navigation and Earth observation data, represent an important building block in this.

Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy Mr Thomas Jarzombek said: “A real ‘new space’ industry is evolving in Germany and Europe. To enable the private sector to grow further, we need reliable conditions and a level playing field in Europe and at global level. This is an area of focus of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. For us, it is important that all players in Europe pull together to agree on new rules. Hundreds of new satellites will soon be orbiting the earth, which means that we urgently need to put in place a framework that will ensure that the global good of space is used sustainably, and to set binding traffic rules to prevent fatal collisions”.

At the ‘European Space Week’, discussions will look at how the individual decisions of the EU-ESA Space Council can be implemented, how the EU space programme will be shaped in the future and how users can benefit from the new opportunities. The event is jointly organised by the EU Commission and the German Presidency, and is taking place virtually from 7 to 11 December 2020. Further information can be found here.