EU Council agrees to next EU space programme and new agency in Prague

But the funding is undecided.

The EU Council announced it has approved all the details of the 2021-2027 space programme – apart from the critical detail of how big its budget will be. Once finalised, the legislation will establish a new EU Agency for the space programme, to be based in Prague. That will replace the current Global Navigational Satellite Systems agency, and bring all of the EU’s space projects under one roof.

The Commission has called for the space programme to get €16 billion over seven years. However, the final amount will not be settled until member states agree on the EU’s overall long-term budget for the same period. That decision isn’t expected before the end of 2019, due to disagreements between national governments in the Council.

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