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Abstract

This document has been prepared in co-operation with the European Space Agency.

Space has become a crucial component for implementing European objectives and policies, notably sustainable development, environmental protection, transport and mobility and the information society. The Green Paper outlines the shared thoughts of the European Commission and European Space Agency (ESA) on Europe's current position in the space sector with a view to launching a debate with national and international organisations, the EU space industry and users, scientific community and citizens. The paper says that, in order to remain competitive, European industry needs a broad and efficient technological base, maintained through research and demonstration programmes. On the relationship between space and society, the paper explores the conditions for the emergence of economically viable and competitive applications and space services for citizens and industries.

A consultation process on the Green Paper will run until 30 May 2003, supported by a series of seminars, workshops and hearings that will take place across Europe. A dedicated website and a web forum is available at: http://europa.eu/comm/space

A White Paper will be drafted by the Commission and published later in 2003, putting forward concrete proposals in an action plan.

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