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Advancing the EU’s strategic positioning in outer space

24 April 2023
Panel members on a stage with background displaying the theme of the seminar ©EUISS

While civilian and economic dimensions of space have traditionally been the priority for EU and Member States policymaking, the geopolitical role played by satellites prior, during and after conflict is becoming increasingly recognised as is the space threat landscape. Anti-satellite tests by various countries and the use of counterspace capabilities have led to growing concerns regarding security in space.

The EU Space Strategy for Security and Defence presented in March confirms Europe’s strategic awakening towards space. It recognises how the current threat landscape requires new thinking with respect to resilience, response, and partnerships. This is taking place while the private sector’s interest in space is rapidly evolving.

On 24 April 2023, the EUISS and the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised a seminar discussing the implications of the strategy for EU Member States, associated industry and key EU strategic partners.

Following a keynote speech by Swedish Minister for Defence Pål Jonson, three panels focused on:

  • Space threats, strategies and EU action
  • Capability development and industry
  • Strategic partnerships

More information in the event report below.