Introducing the EU Global Action on Space
The EU Global Action on Space is a new initiative of the European Commission that will provide many opportunities for stakeholders, companies and industry actors from around the world.
They will be able to learn more about the EU Space Programme and its benefits in regional contexts, take part in business coaching activities and increase cooperation between EU and non-EU companies. Additionally, they will gain insights on the global space ecosystem and have the opportunity to attend webinars, events and study visits adapted to each region.
Read on, and explore the EU Space platform, to find out more about this new initiative and the exciting opportunities it offers. Don’t forget to head over to the news and media section to find the latest news about the Global Action, interesting reads regarding the wider EU Space ecosystem and upcoming opportunities.
What is the EU Global Action on Space?
The EU Global Action on Space is a new initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS) which aims to promote the EU Space Programme and its flagship components Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS worldwide, as well as foster collaboration between the EU and global space and non-space sectors throughout the value chain.
"The EU Global Action on Space is a unique opportunity for European and non-European actors and stakeholders to increase cooperation, push forward digitalisation and take advantage of the socio-economic benefits that the EU Space programme has to offer” highlights Jolanda Van Eijndthoven, Head of Unit B.3 ‘International Relations and Communication’ at DG DEFIS, calling for all “to make the most out of the opportunities offered by the EU Global Action on Space”.
The Global Action is made up of three main elements covering different needs and stakeholders, including business coaching, market intelligence and events and outreach.
Business coaching: creating opportunities for cooperation around the world
The EU Global Action on Space gives you access to a global network of experts that will provide direct support to grow your business. In total, 85 experts from more than 45 countries will provide space-related technical advice as well as business advice, such as on intercultural, legal or administrative aspects.
More concretely, selected companies will have the opportunity to take part in tailored networking events to find the perfect international partner and participate in dedicated webinars that will help participants develop successful and sustainable international partnerships. Furthermore, they will receive coaching from the Action’s pool of international experts with the end goal of signing an international cooperation agreement.
Interested companies can head over to the Business Coaching page to find out more about the eligibility criteria and the application procedure.
Market Insights: furthering knowledge of space ecosystems around the world
The EU Global Action on Space enables your company to gain market insights otherwise difficult to access, helping you better understand space ecosystems around the world. Indeed, a growing number of commercial activities belonging to disruptive and emerging market segments rely on space-based services to deliver high-quality products to their customers.
For example, positioning data from Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) is enabling the widespread use of autonomous vehicles and commercial drones, among others. While Earth Observation (EO) data is being used to train Artificial Intelligence and develop the next generation of algorithms. The Global Action market reports provide much needed information for EU and non-EU companies to design their business and internationalisation strategy.
You can visit the Global Markets page to discover the latest global market reports.
Events & outreach: connecting stakeholders, users and industry actors around the world
In addition to the business coaching and the market insights, a series of webinars, events and study visits, dedicated to a specific region of the world, will be organised. These activities will provide an opportunity to learn more about the EU Space Programme and how users around the globe can benefit from it and create occasions for exchanges and collaboration between EU and non-EU stakeholders. They will also enable stakeholders and industry actors from outside the EU to visit and interact with representatives from the EU space ecosystem.
The “EU Space data and services for the Western Balkans: applications in agriculture and emergency management and response” event was one of the EU Global Action on Space’s first events. Visit the event page to find out more about the event and what was discussed.
These activities not only aim to enhance understanding of the potential that the EU Space Programme offers to boost economic growth, digitalisation, and sustainability, but also foster cooperation and collaboration between space and non-space ecosystems from around the world.
On the Events & Outreach section of this website, you can explore upcoming and future events and access the recordings and presentations from past events.
What is the EU Space Programme?
The European Union Space Programme, established in January 2021, improves and brings together existing EU space components such as Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS under one umbrella. It will ensure high-quality, up-to-date and secure space-related data and services, and exploit synergies between the components to ensure greater socio-economic benefits for EU and world citizens.
The Programme includes five components: the three flagships Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS, as well as the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) component and the Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) initiative. Each component replies to different needs and provides specific services and products for the benefit of citizens, companies and public authorities in Europe and around the world.
Galileo and EGNOS
Galileo is the European Union’s Global Navigation Satellite System. The system provides precise positioning and timing information with an accuracy of up to 20cm for a wide range services and users. Galileo offers four different services: an Open Service (OS), a High Accuracy Service (HAS), a Public Regulated Service (PRS) and a Search and Rescue Service (SAR).
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s satellite-based augmentation system. EGNOS is tasked with enhancing the performance of Global Navigation Systems such as GPS and Galileo. EGNOS is currently operational in more than 360 airports and helipads in 23 countries and helps pilots safely conduct civil aviation operations.
Copernicus is the European Union’s Earth Observation programme. It is offers information services that draw from satellite (Sentinel Missions and the Copernicus Contributing Missions) and in-situ data. Copernicus' data output is channelled into six thematic services: Atmosphere Monitoring, Marine Environment Monitoring, Land Monitoring, Climate Change, Service for Security Applications and Emergency Management.
Stay tuned for more information about the EU Space Programme and the EU Global Action on Space!