For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing to devote €16 billion to help maintain and further enhance the EU’s leadership in space.
The Commission’s proposal will bring all existing and new space activities under the umbrella of a single programme. The new space programme will maintain existing infrastructure and services and introduce a number of new features:
- Fostering a strong and innovative space industry
- Maintaining the EU’s autonomous, reliable and cost-effective access to space
- A unified and simplified system of governance
The Commission proposes to allocate the €16 billion budget for 2021-2027 as follows:
- €9.7 billion for Galileo and EGNOS, the EU’s global and regional satellite navigation systems
- €5.8 billion for Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation programme
- €500 million to develop new security components
A swift agreement on the overall long-term EU budget and its sectoral proposals is essential to ensure that EU funds start delivering results as soon as possible. Delays would mean that investments in the EU’s space activities – Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus – would be put at risk and new services would be delayed. Investments in space programmes span decades and imply great risks. They require programme management decisions be planned long in advance.