On Wednesday 21 April 2021, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) will publish a special report on the EU’s space programmes GALILEO and COPERNICUS.
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The global navigation satellite system Galileo and the Copernicus Earth observation programme are flagships of the EU space policy. They enable more accurate navigation and timing and deliver valuable data about the Earth. As part of its 2016 Space Strategy for Europe, the European Commission promoted the uptake of these services, with a view to maximising their benefits for society and the EU economy.
Space programmes entail significant and long-term costs for the EU budget, which up to the end of 2020, totalled around €18 billion.
ABOUT THE AUDIT
The audit assesses the measures taken by the European Commission since 2014 to promote the uptake of space services towards achieving the expected economic and societal benefits. The auditors focused on the programmes Galileo and Copernicus. More information here.
The results of this audit and its recommendations will add value by helping the European Commission to promote more effectively, in the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027, the uptake of space services.
ECA press office will hold a virtual briefing on Wednesday 21 April. Journalists who wish to participate should contact email@example.com for details.
The report and press release will be published on the ECA website eca.europa.eu at 5:00 p.m. CET on Wednesday 21 April.
The ECA member responsible for this report is Mihails Kozlovs.
The ECA’s special reports set out the results of its audits of EU policies and programmes or management topics related to specific budgetary areas. The ECA selects and designs these audit tasks to be of maximum impact by considering the risks to performance or compliance, the level of income or spending involved, forthcoming developments and political and public interest.