Safe space connection: Council accepts negotiation orders

Member states today agreed to order a discussion of a regulation proposal with the European Parliament. Union program for secure connection For the period 2023-2027.

The crisis we are going through every day shows that having an efficient, competitive and sovereign space communication infrastructure is essential. Europe is therefore continuing its initiatives to enable the emergence of connecting stars.

Bruno Le Mayer, Minister of Economy, Finance and Digital and Industrial Sovereignty

The goal of this program is to establish a sovereign spatial connection system Safe To ensure the provision of satellite communication services (“Satcom”). This is the goal of delivery Government and commercial services Contributes to the protection of critical infrastructure, surveillance, support or crisis management for external activities, and thus improve the resilience of the union.

This secure connectivity program aims to strengthen the competitiveness of EU satellite communications services through an innovative project involving various actors so that technological advances and their official use become a vector. Of innovation And Of Marketing Wide in the Union.

Board mandate

The text of the council gives a more detailed account of the portfolio of services expected and clearly distinguishes the improved government services provided by the government infrastructure. (“Hard Government”) Is provided on a commercial infrastructure basis (“Alo Sarkar”).

The order clarifies that the Commission owns the program, but only in the case of real and tangible assets related to the government infrastructure developed under this program. The text clearly differs between Property And Use: The Commission will have the right to use the frequency, the ownership will be with the member state.

The council clarifies the text The death penalty model The program aims to ensure the optimal effectiveness of future public-private partnerships in proposing to guarantee the best level of public and commercial services.

Other changes to the Commission’s proposal are as follows:

  • The text confirms and reinforces the general and specific objectives of the program and details the various stages and activities;
  • Clarifies the text of the council Introduction EU Agency for Space Program (USPA) And its support ESA In the program;
  • Encourages council orders The Support A description of an innovative and competitive aerospace sector and the assistance expected from the Commission;
  • Good luck BudgetThe text of the council no longer details the amount of other programs allocated to the secure connection program, but includes the total amount.

Context

On 15 February 2022, the Commission proposed a regulation establishing the Union Program for Secure Connections for the period 2023-2027.

Particularly important about this program Less orbit. Currently, lower orbits are increasingly being occupied by mega-constellations of third countries, with EU operators facing capital-intensive challenges for such projects. So it is important to increase the competitiveness and resilience of the union there.

The program will coordinate with other components of the Union’s space program, such as systems. Galileo (On satellite) and Copernicus (Earth observation), as well as its power Space observation. It depends on the Govsatcom component of the union’s space program.

The next step

Today’s order has been approved by the Council’s Permanent Representative Committee (CORPER), which will allow the Council’s presidency to begin negotiations with the European Parliament.

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