EU vs ESA debate slows progress on seven-year space budget

by Peter B. de Selding

MARSEILLE — The European Union remains divided on whether to give its launch-vehicle sector any additional help beyond what’s provided by the European Space Agency, a position that risks delaying progress on the EU’s proposed seven-year space budget.

The differences were clearly laid out on Nov. 30 during a meeting of the EU Competitiveness Council, where the proposed budget of 16 billion euros ($18.5 billion) was a side issue.

Instead, EU governments focused on whether the new EU Space Agency for the Space Program — even . . .

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