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EU must be a space power, says High Representative Mogherini

24/01/2017 - 19:59

The European Union must be a space power, for political, economic and security reasons, High Representative Federica Mogherini said today.

“Europe can be and should be a space power,” Mogherini told the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy, in Brussels. “But we can only do so if we act together, as a true Union. We face a world of continent-sized space powers, with continent-sized budgets and we come out of a long economic crisis. So the only way to go is doing it together. We together can develop a world-class industrial and technological base. Only together can we promote a rules-based global order that reaches out to space. This is the aim of our 'Space Strategy for Europe'.”

Space infrastructure can serve many different purposes that are all key to the EU’s security – from maritime security, to monitoring climate change, to better planning development policies. There is also a clear link with security and defence and the economic potential of the space industry, the High Representative said. But for this to be achieved, there is a need for global governance of space activities.

“The EU and its Member States proposed some years ago to negotiate an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. Our proposal has received support from a large group of countries, and we keep working to reach an agreement on a voluntary code of conduct,” she said.

“The European Union will also continue to work for the prevention of an arms race in outer space, which is critical for the UN disarmament and arms control agenda, which is an agenda that we support actively and with a lot of energy.”  

“Strategic autonomy in this field would not only benefit our citizens and our Member States, but also our partners, because the development of the full spectrum of security capabilities will make us a stronger partner – not only a global player relevant to the security of all Europeans but also for our friends around the world that are demanding more and more from the European Union to be a security provider around the world,” Mogherini concluded.

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