EU GOVSATCOM (European Union Governmental Satellite Communications) refers to space-based communication services for the European Union and its Member States, facilitating security-critical missions and operations, and the management of critical infrastructures. Access to GOVSATCOM is indispensable in areas with no ground infrastructure (e.g., maritime, air, remote areas, the Arctic region), or where existing ground infrastructure is unreliable, disrupted or destroyed (e.g., due to natural disasters, crises, conflicts). GOVSATCOM is a highly assured SatCom offering a certain robustness and security level with some resilience. EU GOVSATCOM services will guarantee the transmission of security critical information with adequate protection against interference, interception, intrusion, and cyber-security risks.
GOVSATCOM will constitute a part of the EU Space Programme (2021-2027), which will exploit the possibilities offered by space in the domain of satellite communications, to enable and facilitate the implementation of Member States or EU policies related to the security of its citizens. The programme aims at providing secure and cost-efficient communications capabilities to security- and safety-critical missions and operations managed by the European Union and its Member States, including national security actors, EU institutions and agencies. The core of EU GOVSATCOM consists of the aggregation of demand, common EU level security requirements and accreditation, and pooling and sharing of national and commercial resources.