Military Capabilities

National capitals agree bulk of EU’s future space programme, with strategic elements

15 March 2019

EU ambassadors in Brussels reached a political accord with the European Parliament on 13 March for the bulk of what will constitute the EU’s future space programme for 2021–27, based on a June 2018 European Commission draft regulation.

References to the EU’s need for advanced space capabilities to support its security and defence objectives figure prominently across the 130-page draft regulation. For example, it notes that synergies between space and the security activities of the EU and its member states are increasing.

“Having full control of satellite navigation should guarantee the Union’s technological independence, including in the longer term for the components of infrastructure equipment, and ensure its strategic autonomy,” it states.

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