Today the European Parliament's Committee on Budgets (BUDG) adopted by 29 votes in favour, (0 votes against and 2 abstentions) its opinion on the Secure Connectivity Programme as an important initiative on space policy.
Henrike Hahn, Bavarian MEP, industrial policy spokesperson and shadow rapporteur in the BUDG Committee on the Secure Connectivity Programme, comments:
"With the Secure Connectivity Programme, the EU is expanding its presence in space. Well-functioning satellite communications complementing terrestrial networks are a strategic asset for governments and civil society, but also for the digital and environmental transformation. In times of war in Europe, it is even more important that the EU has a strong satellite system to ensure global exchange.
As shadow rapporteur, I have been particularly committed to ensuring that the Secure Connectivity Programme is implemented in line with and in support of the Green Deal. Projects carried out under this programme must not lead to significant harm to the EU's six environmental objectives. Climate risks and any environmental protection measures are to be included in project planning. Public-private partnerships should also be regularly evaluated in terms of their effectiveness and efficiency."
Currently, the EU does not have sufficient infrastructure for satellite communication services. The Secure Connectivity Programme aims to fill this gap. Following the opinion of the Committee on Budgets, a report will now be voted on by the main committee responsible, the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee.
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