Launch of EUSPA marks new era for EU Space

The new agency in Prague will be in charge also of the commercial users of EU's Earth Observation Programme Copernicus

EUSPA, the Prague-based new EU Agency for the Space Programme, was launched on Wednesday, building on the legacy of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), but with an expanded scope and more responsibilities.

EUSPA’s mandate will now include increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of the two satellite navigation systems under civil control Galileo and EGNOS, including their service provision and operational security.

The Agency’s agenda includes coordinating the user-related aspects of GOVSATCOM, the EU Governmental Satellite Communications programme, in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities.

EUSPA is in charge as well of the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS, and now also of the commercial users of EU's Earth Observation Programme Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe.

The security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme is also part of the Agency’s tasks. The European Commission may also decide to entrust it with other tasks in the future.

More and more, our economies, our society and our safety depend on Space and Europe has incredible opportunities ahead that cannot be missed, stated EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

According to him by creating EUSPA, the European Union will further increase the return on investment made by the EU citizen in the EU Space Programme by strengthening its contribution to the priorities of the Union.

We will achieve this primarily by leveraging synergies between the various Programme components, particularly navigation, Earth observation and secure communications, to drive innovation across a broad range of sectors, Rodrigo da Costa explained.

Bringing management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus under the umbrella of one agency will make it possible increasingly to leverage synergies.

On their own, these technologies can play a key role supporting a digital and green transformation, but leveraging their synergetic and combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that bring a higher societal impact.

The new Agency has a team of committed professionals in place at its sites in Europe, from the EGNOS centre in Toulouse to the European GNSS Service Centre in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre in the Netherlands and it will continue to ensure the high quality, robustness and reliability of EUSPA’s service provision.

This will be backed up by Galileo Security Monitoring Centres in France and in Spain, and the industrial teams managed by EUSPA in the Galileo Control Centres in Germany and Italy, along with facilities around the world. In addition, the Security Accreditation Board will continue its work to initiate and monitor the implementation of security requirements to ensure a robust and uniform level of security for the entire EU Space Programme.

Bruno Vermeire, Security Accreditation Board Chair of EUSPA, underscored that the new Agency has a core role in the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme.

He pointed out that ensuring an acceptable risk appetite for the different components is critical for the security, safety and autonomy of the Union and its Member States.

The Member States, gathering in their capacity as Security Accreditation Authority of the EU Space Programme collectively exercise this responsibility to meet the security requirements for all the space components, Bruno Vermeire added.

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