- Composition of Study Group
- Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI, Assistant: Baiba SPUNDE
- Foreseen for the TEN section: 7 September 2022
- Foreseen for the EESC plenary session: 21-22 September 2022
Gist of the Commission document
The legislative proposal on establishing the Union Secure Connectivity Programme for the period 2023-2027 is based on Article 189(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which is the legal basis for the adoption of Union measures related to the European space policy.
The proposed programme has the objective of establishing a secure and autonomous space-based connectivity system for the provision of guaranteed and resilient satellite communication services, in particular to ensure the long-term availability of worldwide uninterrupted access to secure and cost-effective satellite communication services to governmental users. The programme should also allow for the provision of commercial satellite communication services by the private sector, in particular for the availability of high-speed broadband and seamless connectivity throughout Europe.
Specific objectives include improving the resilience of the Union communication services, contributing to cyber resilience by proactive and reactive defence against cyber and electromagnetic threats and operational cybersecurity. The programme also incentivises the deployment of innovative and disruptive technologies, and allows further development of high-speed broadband and seamless connectivity throughout the Union, removing communication dead zones and increasing cohesion across Member State territories.
The objective of the Joint Communication on Space Traffic Management is to lay out a concrete EU approach for a safe, sustainable and secure use of space, preserving EU interests in full compliance with the respective competences of the EU and its Member States. As more and more players get involved in the area beyond the earth's atmosphere, the risk of satellite collisions is gradually increasing and the loss of a satellite would have serious consequences on the earth. Space traffic, which is largely made up of satellite constellations, needs therefore to be managed and protected. Navigation, telecommunications, and many other activities are dependent on satellites today and this dependence will increase in the future.
A dynamic and evolving EU approach is proposed, with several concrete actions, including assessing the civil and defence requirements for the EU, enhancing EU operational capabilities, fostering regulatory aspects, and promoting the EU space traffic management approach globally. These efforts will enhance the resilience of EU and Member States’ space infrastructure our societies and economies depend on, provide greater certainty for operators, and support the competitiveness of European industry.