“We need to reduce our strategic dependencies in the space sector, protecting supply chains and developing critical space technologies,” writes Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
“Space and its technologies have become indispensable for an efficient economy, for growth and prosperity, but above all for security and independence in the years to come,” says Marco Fuchs, CEO of OHB SE and OHB System AG.
European defence budgets are increasing in the wake of Russia’s war on Ukraine. But if member-states don’t co-ordinate their spending better, fragmentation will persist and Europe’s defence industry could weaken.
The creation of an EU space communication infrastructure would largely decrease congestion in space, resulting from space traffic and space debris that hinders the appropriate execution of operations in that domain.