About: space policy

Agrifood 13-07-2018

Agricultural industry eyes space data

Data access has become a key issue for the agricultural sector, which could benefit from European space programmes. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Economy & Jobs 24-04-2018

Copernicus chief defends role of satellites in CAP’s ‘control’ system

The EU will launch a new satellite this week as part of the ‘Copernicus’ initiative. The earth observation programme has proved to be useful in dealing with natural disasters and its importance will grow to manage EU funds including the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020, director Philippe Brunet said.
Climate change 25-01-2018

Europe needs a flagship for outer space

There are few signs that the European Commission could change its 'business as usual' space strategy focusing on satellite services. Vidvuds Beldavs explains why the Commission should look to the Moon and raise its space ambitions.
Future of mobility 19-01-2018

More space for more Europe

2018 will be a crucial year to shape a stimulating new narrative for EU space policy. Jean-Loic Galle lists a couple of key points ahead of the 10th EU space policy conference taking place in Brussels on 23 and 24 January.
Global Europe 17-10-2017

It’s high time Macron or Juncker gave a speech at ESA

Europe’s leaders need to set forth the threats to Europe that could come from failure to exercise space leadership. Vidvuds Beldavs suggests what Emmanuel Macron or Jean-Claude Juncker could say to take Europe to the forefront of space exploration.
Agrifood 12-09-2017

EU mulls incentives for space technologies in farm controls

The European Commission is considering new proposals to encourage the use of technologies to monitor farm parcels receiving subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), an EU official told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 04-07-2017

Jean-Yves Le Gall: ‘Mars is the pinnacle of exploration’

The European Space Agency has its sights set on the red planet. The only real barrier to a manned mission is the length of the journey, Jean-Yves Le Gall said in an interview with EURACTIV France.
Transport 26-01-2017

EU-funded ‘Armageddon’ space mission hits funding snag

An EU-funded mission to smash a spacecraft into an asteroid moon to alter its trajectory, a possible dry-run for an exercise in saving the Earth from a possible doomsday scenario, has run into a cash crunch.

Transport 18-01-2017

Europe’s navigation satellites suffer clock failure

The European Space Agency announced today (18 January) there were "failed" clocks onboard some of the 18 navigation satellites it has launched for Galileo, Europe's beleaguered rival to America's GPS.
Digital 26-10-2016

Commission wants EU space strategy to boost growth in data-hungry private sector

The European Commission wants to step up European companies' role in the space industry by making it easier to access data from satellites, which the executive hopes will help increasingly data-dependent areas like car manufacturing and agriculture.
Transport 17-06-2016

Joint European-Russia Mars mission gets funding boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday (16 June).
Artist's view of the Ariane 6 four boosters configuration (A64)
Transport 03-12-2014

European ministers approve new Ariane 6 rocket

European nations approved funding for a new Ariane 6 space rocket on Tuesday (2 December), pooling their resources in a single, simplified version to tackle growing international competition.
Trade & Society 25-10-2011

‘Galileo’ brand thrown out of orbit

The trademarks of the Galileo satellite system are under sustained legal challenge from a US headquartered company and the Commission is considering renaming the project’s commercial arms as a result, EURACTIV has learned.
Global Europe 15-11-2010

How can the EU respond to Kazakhstan’s starry ambition?

"When I was a small boy, Kazakhstan suddenly exploded into my and the world’s consciousness as the launch site for Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight. Nearly half a century later, the lift-off today of one of the largest ever commercial satellites from the same site is testament to independent Kazakhstan's continued desire to look upwards. A joint US and Russian venture, it will provide 4G communications for smartphone users in the West," writes Aleksander Kwasniewski, a former president of Poland.
Transport 01-07-2009

Auditors slam EU over Galileo

The European Commission's leadership and management skills have been found wanting by a Court of Auditors report into the EU's much-delayed Galileo satellite navigation project. The report, published on 29 June, also blames individual countries for defending their commercial interests throughout the programme.

Minister: ‘Research activities must become interdisciplinary’

Ahead of today's (2 December) EU Research Council, French Research and Higher Education Minister Valérie Pécresse, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, spoke to EURACTIV France about the challenges of boosting research and development in Europe.

Ministers ask EU to guarantee access to space

In a resolution adopted this morning (26 September), European ministers responsible for space underlined the strategic importance of guaranteeing the continent's political and technological independence on space and unveiled their ambition to make Europe one of the world's leading space powers.

EU 27 eye increased EU action on space

All member states are politically committed to promoting more EU action on space, the French Presidency said after a two-day informal meeting of the bloc's ministers for space. But the issue of where the money for this increased ambition will actually come from will only be discussed later.
Security 12-12-2007

Galileo

The Galileo satellite navigation system is the European civil alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian GLONASS, both funded and controlled by military authorities.

Europe gets space policy after Galileo setback

The EU and members of the European Space Agency (ESA) have endorsed a space policy, committing themselves to increasing co-ordination both of their defence and civilian programmes, just days after the EU's satellite navigation project, Galileo, suffered a major setback.

EU presents new space policy and urges progress on Galileo

"Galileo is an essential project and we don't have the option of giving up. Now the question is to what extent we can fund it from public funds," said Commissioner Verheugen, as he presented the EU's new space policy on 26 April.

US claims right to control space

The United States has adopted a new national space policy which claims the right to deny US adversaries the use of space capabilities hostile to its national interests.

GMES ready to get started

Discussions on the European earth observation initiative (GMES) have been concluded. Once started it will enable the forecasting of and timely response to natural disasters.
Med & South 13-03-2006

EU and Russia join forces on space

Russia and the EU have signed a co-operation agreement on space technology and activities. The high-level dialogue is expected to give a boost to the Galileo-GLONASS agreement.