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EU Commission shoots for stars with increased space budget
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The European Commission said on Wednesday it planned to increase its budget for space programmes to 16 billion euros (£14 billion) between 2021 and 2027, aiming to consolidate the bloc's role as a "space power". By hiking spending from 11.1 billion euros in the current budget and streamlining the EU's space programmes, the executive Commission said it hoped to boost a sector already contributing to some 10 percent of economic output. "(The budget) sends a strong signal that the European Union, Europe is a space power and intends to remain a space power for a long time," said Elzbieta Bienkowska, the EU's Industry Commissioner. read more
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