Taking Space Sustainability to the next orbit: a Bold Step for Europe’s Future

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Wr. Neustadt, Austria, Apr 24th, 2023 – A dedicated EU Legislation for space activities should foster industrial competitiveness and promote agreed upon sustainability requirements in mission design.

Space Security as a full-fledged strategic domain for EU affairs
Propelled by heightening geopolitical tensions with Russia, the much-awaited EU Space Strategy for Security and Defence (SSSD) announced in a joint communication by the European Commission and EEAS High Representative Josef Borrell on March 10th laid the foundations to further integrate all aspects of Space Security at the center of EU affairs. This new set of strategic priorities builds on the 2022 Strategic Compass, recognizing the contested nature of outer space, the vulnerability of space assets, and the need for EU coordination to protect them in a rapidly evolving and contested environment.

In this regard, SSSD is a significant EU policy milestone that introduces a unique opportunity for Member States to align politically on sensitive space issues and build stronger collaboration schemes for a common understanding of space threats, ranging from man-made threats such as space debris and anti-satellite technology (ASAT) to natural hazards such as space weather.

In this context, the Commission announced that SSSD encompasses four pillars:

  1. Work towards considering an EU Space Law aimed for a common framework for Space Safety, Security and Sustainability;
  2. The establishment of an ‘Information Sharing and Analysis Centre (ISAC)’ together with EUSPA for awareness raising activities to ‘facilitate the exchange of best practices among commercial and relevant public entities on resilience measure for space capabilities’;
  3. Initiate preparatory work to guarantee long-term autonomous access to space for Member States;
  4. Focus on ‘the technological sovereignty of EU’ together with ESA and EDA, especially withregards to strategic dependencies and the industry supply chain.

This position paper seeks to discuss the first pillar on the possibility of introducing EU space legislation for Member States aimed at improving the protection of space assets with resilience measures, information sharing and enhanced cooperation.

About the initiatives
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