13 May 2011. Issue 46 of the “ESPI Perspectives” series takes a thorough look into the European Commission Communication of 4 April 2011 on the way towards a space strategy for the EU. It analyses the key questions of this communication and reveals the relevance of the document.
On 4 April 2011 the European Commission published a much awaited Communication on the way forward to a space strategy for the EU. This Communication has roots on the European Space Policy and the efforts around it. In particular, it responds to the recommendations of the 7th Space Council. However, there is more to this EC Communication than a simple declaration of intents. This Communication defines the role of the EU in the European decision making in the space field, it advances its position in key questions such as governance, security or industrial policy and provides for the arguments to the interpretation of the EU space competence. After summarising briefly the contents of the Communication, this ESPI Perspective reveals the potential of this Communication to make an impact in European space policy by highlighting and analysing what is in and behind the most important elements of the Communication.
This ESPI Perspectives has been authored by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, ESPI Associate Fellow based in Brussels.