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Space has the potential to become an integral component of the Unions core policies. The first benefits of such a development are already highlighted by the GALILEO and GMES EU initiatives, respectively in the field of navigation by satellite and global monitoring for environment and security.

A political process is on the move to support this trend. Following last year's Communication "Europe and Space: Turning To a New Chapter" and the subsequent EU and European Space Agency (ESA) Council Resolutions, the European Commission and the ESA Executive have set up a Joint Task Force. Its aims are to further develop the European strategy for space, to elaborate proposals for its implementation and to report to the EU and ESA Councils and the European Parliament at the end of 2001 on the progress achieved.The report in the annex to this Communication presents the analysis and recommendations elaborated by the Joint Task Force. It underlines the economic, societal and political role of space systems at the service of European citizens; it identifies objectives and priorities for the enhancement of European capabilities; it also describes how they could develop in a global context.

This publication is a reprinted version, in brochure form, of the Communication originally published in 2001 as COM(2001) 718.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20228 EN (2002), pp.34. Free of charge ISBN: 92-894-3269-1 (ES) ISBN: 92-894-3272-1 (FR)
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3273-X (IT
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