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NEW SPACE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM.

On 5 February, the Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) endorsed the establishment of a European surveillance and tracking service aimed at enhancing the security of space infrastructures and the safety of satellite operations by reducing collision risks and helping to monitor space debris. The programme is expected to receive EU funding of around 70 billion between 2014 and 2020. The terms of the programme, green-lighted by Coreper, were agreed by the Greek Presidency of the Council and the European Parliament (rapporteur Amelia Andersdotter, Greens-EFA, Sweden). The main aim is to support and regulate the pooling of resources by the member states. There is not yet a specific budget line for the programme, which will exist thanks to resources from Galileo, Copernicus and Horizon 2020. The plan is for the EP to give its final agreement in April - in other words, it should all be wrapped up before the end of this legislature.

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