BRUSSELS, Belgium — European Commission and European Parliament officials said they were optimistic that EU governments will approve a proposed 40% increase in the EU’s space budget but rejected an industry proposal for a dedicated space R&D package.

They also criticized European governments and industry for the fact that they appear to think space spending should sell itself without the need to make the case outside the small space sector.

“You here are all space specialists,” said Elzbieta Bienkowska, commissioner for Internal Markeet, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs . . .

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