New EU Space Regulation comes into force

Date: May 13, 2021
Category: News
Autor: Ewelina Kaatz-Drzeżdżon

The Regulation (EU) 2021/696 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 April 2021 establishing the Union Space Programme and the European Union Agency for the Space Programme was published on in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 May 2021. The Regulation entered into force on the day of its publication with a retroactive effect, as it applies from 1 January 2021.

The Union Space Programme comprises additional components (i.e. SSA and GOVSATCOM), which will be supported with EU budget secured for 2021-2027. In addition, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been officially transformed into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). The scope of EUSPA’s responsibilities has been extended to managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS and coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM. Most importantly, EUSPA is now responsible for the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme. Read more on the launch of EUSPA here.

ENTRUSTED Consortium and external collaborators work closely with EUSPA in bringing user perspective to GOVSATCOM. Based on results of the ongoing survey study, the Consortium will provide information to the European Commission on GOVSATCOM user requirements and use cases – right in time for the implementing regulations for this new Space Programme component. ENTRUSTED is one of the preparatory activities for GOVSATCOM, along with EUSPA’s User Consultation Platform and the Expert Group on GOVSATCOM, aimed at capturing user requirements and use cases.