20 décembre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

Future EU space programme

Council agrees its position on future EU space programme

The EU is establishing its  future space policy programme for the years 2021-2027. EU ambassadors meeting in Coreper on 19 December agreed on the Council's position on the draft regulation on an EU space programme. This position enables negotiations to begin with the European Parliament.

The agreed text does not cover financial and horizontal issues which are being discussed as part of the negotiations on the next multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2021 to 2027.

Space plays an increasingly important role in our everyday life. Space-related inventions and services are already changing the way we live and work. The European Union is determined to keep the leading edge and the place it deserves in the global space economy.

Norbert Hofer Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria

The new regulation will ensure:

  • high-quality, up-to-date and secure space-related data and services;
  • greater socio-economic benefits from the use of such data and services, such as increased growth and job creation in the EU;
  • enhanced security and strategic autonomy of the EU;
  • a stronger role for the EU as a leading actor in the space sector. 

It will achieve this by :

  • simplifying and streamlining the existing EU legal framework on space policy;
  • providing the EU with an adequate space budget to continue and improve on existing space flagship programmes such as EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus, as well as monitor space hazards under the ‘space situational awareness' programme (SSA), and cater for access to secure satellite communications for national authorities (GOVSATCOM);
  • establishing the rules for governance of the EU space programme;
  • standardising the security framework of the space programme. 

Next steps

This agreement opens the way for the Presidency to begin negotiations with the European Parliament with the aim of reaching a rapid adoption of the regulation. The European Parliament adopted its negotiating mandate on 13 December 2018.


On  June 2018, the Commission presented its proposal for a Regulation for a space programme for the European Union. The proposed regulation is part of the follow-up to the Commission's Communication on a Space Strategy for Europe (SSE).

The Commission proposal suggests  an overall budget for the programme of €16 billion in current prices for the period 2021-2027 with the following indicative breakdown: €9.7 billion for Galileo and EGNOS, €5.8 billion for Copernicus and €0.5 billion for SSA and GOVSATCOM.


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