On 21 November, Parliament’s industry, research and energy committee adopted a draft report written by Massimiliano Salini on establishing the EU’s space programme and the European Union Agency for the space programme. The proposed €16 billion budget for 2021-2027 covers programmes such as Galileo, Copernicus and Space Situational Awareness.
Space technology is indispensable for a number of important services Europeans depend on and it can play a crucial role in effectively tackling new challenges such as climate change, border controls and helping to keep people living in the EU safe. However, not a single EU country has the capacities to reach for the stars alone. “The new space programme bets on Europe and aims at strengthening its global leadership in the domains of Earth observation, navigation and technological research,” said Salini. “Although Europe is currently the second space power in the world, we need to foster an ever-greater cooperation if we want this to keep our leadership.”