Opinion Factsheet  

Eiropas Savienības kosmosa programma un Eiropas Savienības Kosmosa programmas aģentūra

Opinion Number: CDR 3640/2018
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 05/12/2018
To contribute to and comment on the European Commission proposal on the 'EU Space Programme and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme' from the viewpoint of the regions
To give practical feedback based on regional experience
To highlight the important role that regions have in the space sector

- Supports the European Commission's vision of the EU Strategy for Space, and its implementation through the establishment of the Space Programme of the EU. A unified and integrated Space Programme with an increased budget of 16 billion euro will give rise to increasing synergies between fields such as space and energy, space and digitalization and many more, allowing regions to fulfil their important role;

- Stresses that the emphasis in the proposal on management procedures for cooperation between the European Union, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme, the Member States and the European Space Agency, should ensure that there is no duplication and should not reduce efforts for a more ambitious European Union space industrial policy;

- Calls on the European Commission to further clarify and elaborate on the concept and creation of space hubs and innovation partnerships, more specifically on the financial and management responsibilities of different actors, and underlines that such initiatives can be especially relevant for regions, including regions involving more than one Member State;

- Calls on the European Commission to add clearer proposals on how to increase the use of Earth observation data and technologies by national, regional and local authorities, small and medium-sized enterprises, scientists, researchers and dedicated networks for Copernicus data distribution so that these bodies have the ability and the opportunity to transform data into information that is of use to citizens;

- Underlines the importance of awareness-raising and an inclusive space policy which offers many benefits for science, research and development and inspires the younger generation.