MANCHESTER, England — The European Union on May 30 took a step closer to guaranteeing a predictable government market for Europe’s future Ariane 6 and Vega-C rockets and said it would consider financial support for Europe’s spaceport in South America.

Meeting in Brussels, the EU Competitiveness Council stressed European space autonomy at almost every turn in its final conclusions — for space situational awareness, satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing, Earth observation data storage and critical satellite components now purchased in the United States, Japan and elsewhere.

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