The Launch of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA)

Building on the legacy of the  European  GNSS  Agency (GSA), according to the new space regulation, GSA becomes the  European  Union  Agency  for  the  Space  Programme (EUSPA).

EUSPA’s mandate will now include:

  • increased responsibilities in   Galileo   and   EGNOS,   including   enhanced   management responsibilities for the operations and service provision;
  • the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme, the operation of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre, together with operational security;
  • the coordination of  the  user-related  aspects  of  European  Union  Governmental Satellite Communications  (GOVSATCOM),  in  close  collaboration  with  the  Member  States  and  other involved entities;
  • the development of  downstream  markets  and  fostering  of  innovation  based  on  Galileo  and EGNOS,  and  now  including  also  Copernicus,  leveraging  funding  mechanisms  such  as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe.

Bringing under the umbrella of one agency the management of downstream and combined applications based on Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus, will make the possibility to strenghten synergies. These technologies can play a key role in supporting a digital and green transformation on their own, but exploring synergies and their combined use will facilitate the generation of innovative solutions that will bring a higher impact.

EUSPA press release

Source: the European Union Agency for Space Programme (EUSPA), 18.5.2021