22 September 2009. ESPI Report 21, published today, sheds light on the economic and policy aspects of space regulations in Europe covering the case of national space legislation. It poses the question of how to find the way between common and coordinated action.
The study "Economic and Policy Aspects of Space Regulations in Europe. Part 1: The Case of National Space Legislation– Finding the Way between Common and Coordinated Action", authored by ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, is the first part of an all embracing project dealing with space legislation and regulations in Europe. Through a systematic and comparative analysis of the different elements comprised by such laws, the study investigates the consequences of enacting regulation on the commercial space sector. The study provides recommendations to policy makers at national and European level to create a referential legal framework.
The proliferation of commercial space activities has also brought about the adoption of national space legislations with the aim of protecting national interests. However the adoption of these laws may create distortion in the commercial space market while concentrating space activities in certain regions or countries. European action is desired to overcome such inefficiencies and for creating a competitive space commercial sector with regard to the international arena. The study provides for recommendations to overcome the regulatory difficulties in Europe and for the creation of a referential regulatory framework.