EU Space Strategy (Communication)
In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty conferred upon the EU competency for space travel (Art. 189 TFEU). Above all, it empowers the EU to take joint initiatives to promote scientific and technical progress and to boost competitiveness in the space industry. In the communication the Commission presents its ideas on how the EU can execute its new competency for space travel.
The plans for an EU space strategy are insufficient: the Commission does not explain how to fund the measures. It further fails to demonstrate the benefit created by having its own EU space strategy compared to that of the activities by the European space agency ESA. Satellite navigation systems, such as GPS together with EGNOS, increase the efficiency of the transport sector.