EU space policy aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges today, such as fighting climate change, helping to stimulate technological innovation, and providing socio-economic benefits to citizens. Space technology, data and services have become indispensable in the lives of Europeans. We rely on them when using mobile phones and car navigation systems, watching satellite TV, and withdrawing money. Satellites also provide immediate information when disasters, such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods strike, enabling better coordination between emergency and rescue teams.
EU space programmes already deliver services that benefit millions of people and the EU has three flagship space programmes. Now that the infrastructure of EU space programmes is well advanced, the focus has shifted to ensuring a strong market uptake of space data and services by the public and private sectors.