To fulfil its mission of linking space to user needs, EUSPA cooperates in particular with the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), along with many other trusted key partners at the international, European and national levels. Each of these partners has specific roles and responsibilities as defined by the Space Programme Regulation.

EUSPA provides safe and secure European satellite navigation services, promotes the commercialisation of Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus data and services, and coordinates the EU’s forthcoming governmental satellite communications programme GOVSATCOM. EUSPA is responsible for the security accreditation of all the EU Space Programme components.

The European Space Agency is responsible for system design, procurement of the system infrastructure (space and ground) and preparing the future evolutions of the system.

  The European Commission

The Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS) leads the European Commission's activities in the Defence Industry and Space sector.

As regards the defence industry, DEFIS is in charge of upholding the competitiveness and innovation of the European defence industry by ensuring the evolution of an able European defence technological and industrial base.

In the area of space, DG DEFIS is leading the EU Space Programme, consisting mainly of the European Earth Observation (Copernicus), the European Global Navigation Satellite System (Galileo), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the European Union Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM) and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

The Directorate-General for Defence, Industry and Space reports to the Commissioner for Internal Market, Commissioner Breton.

  The European Space Agency

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation (not a European Union Agency), with extensive expertise in the space domain that concluded a Framework Agreement with the European Community in 2004 (‘2004 Framework Agreement’). It is an important partner in the implementation of the European Space Programme.

Updated: Dec 06, 2023