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In 1999, European Ministers (1)(2) called on the European Commission and the Executive of the European Space Agency to elaborate a coherent European Strategy for Space. The European Parliament (3) welcomed this initiative, emphasising the importance of introducing, for the first time, a Community dimension in Europe's political approach to space. The EU Council and the ESA Council at Ministerial level thereby provided a basis for a joint consultation of all interested parties concerned and enabled the preparation of a comprehensive document on a strategy for space that can be subscribed to by European states, irrespective of whether they are members of ESA or part of the Union.

The strategy as proposed in this communication is a further milestone in establishing a coherent approach for space in Europe. It is not intended as a detailed road map for programming space activities in the coming years. It should rather provide a strong political support for public and private actors to act in the field of space and a reference for their individual and co-operative efforts for building a coherent and effective space infrastructure with the associated services. It should also constitute a basis for consulting and mobilising society at large on the benefits that can be derived from space-based information and knowledge. .

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Authors: No authors provided, Joint Commission -ESA
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19459 EN/DE/FR (2001), pp.25. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from Documentation service DG Research. Fax: +32-2-2969930
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-0992-4
Record Number: 200013467 / Last updated on: 2001-06-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en,fr,de
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