Presidency Proposal on Questions for an Exchange of Views on European Space Policy

February 27, 2004

Brussels, 26 Feb 2004

Full text of Document 6503/04
Suite of documents 6503/04

Subject: European Space Policy - Exchange of views
­ Questions for Ministers to address at the Council ("Competitiveness") on 11 March 2004

To structure the exchange of views which will take place on the above subject at the Competitiveness Council, it is suggested that Ministers could address the questions set out below. Ministers may, of course, wish to raise other matters arising out of the White Paper on Space1 or the Communication on GMES2.

Bearing in mind the need to have a co-ordinated approach by the Community, European Space Agency (ESA) and Member States in 2004 on the priorities of the first phase (2004-2007) of the European space policy, as outlined in the Commission's White Paper, what are the views of Ministers:

1 Doc 14886/03 RECH 211 COMPET 62 IND 164 TRANS 293 POLARM 36.
2 Doc 6094/04 RECH 20 ENV 81 COSDP 53 TRANS 57.

1. on the general approach and priorities of the White Paper and the respective roles and responsibilities of different actors, in particular the Community and ESA in the context of the EC/ESA Framework Agreement?

2. regarding the time-scale of and approach to further development of space policies in the short term which could be discussed and undertaken jointly with the European Space Agency, possibly via an informal "Space Council"?

3. on the aspects or lines of action of the White Paper on which the Commission could begin work during 2004?

4. on the approach the Commission should have to ongoing and future space projects included under the Quick Start initiative, such as GMES?

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