|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Defence Industry and Space|
|Series Details||COM (2022) 57|
|Content Type||Blog & Commentary, News, Policy-making|
Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 15 February 2022, aimed at establishing a Union Secure Connectivity Programme (IRIS² / IRSS) for the period from 2023 until 2027.
Both governmental user needs and satellite communication solutions are changing rapidly. An EU space-based secure communication system seeks to meet these increased and evolving needs, and aims to also include the latest quantum communication technologies for secure encryption. It is to be based on the development of innovative and disruptive technologies, and on the leveraging of the New Space ecosystem.
The general objective of this proposal is to establish such as system that ensures the provision of worldwide secure, flexible and resilient satellite communication services to the European Union (EU) and Member States governmental entities. The total cost is estimated at €6 billion. The EU's contribution to the Programme from 2022 until 2027 is €2.4 billion (current prices). The funding is to come from different sources of the public sector and private sector investments.
The draft Regulation was tabled by the European Commission on 15 February 2022, as part of a so-called Space Package. Member State representatives adopted a general approach on behalf of the Council of the European Union on 29 June. The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted a negotiating position on 13 October. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 17 November.
|Subject Categories||Culture, Education and Research, Internal Markets, Security and Defence|
|Subject Tags||Space | Astronomy, Telecommunications|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|