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EU Space Policy

Exchange of views on future EU space policy at the European Parliament

During the meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) on 30-31 August, the rapporteur Aldo Patriciello – Group of the European People’s Party, Italy – held an exchange of views on the Communication “Towards a space strategy for the European Union that benefits its citizens”.

This Communication aims at reinforcing Europe’s space infrastructure and calls for supporting research to increase European technological non-dependence, fosters cross-fertilisation between the space sector and other industry sectors, and boosts innovation as a driver of European competitiveness. Implementing the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme with Member States is among the priorities set out by the Communication.

The consideration of the draft report will take place on 5/6 October. The deadline for amendments is 12 October. The vote in ITRE is scheduled for 22/23 November and the vote in Plenary for December 2011.

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