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The EU and Outer Space activities (February 2014)
Overview of the latest EU official documents, publications of the Consortium, and publications from the network regarding the European Union leadership on an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities
On 20-22 November 2013, representatives from 60 countries met in Bangkok to discuss the latest version of the draft International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities released on 16 September 2013 by the EU. The first EU Code of conduct proposal dates back to 2007 and was intended to regulate both civil and military space activities. More precisely, its main objective was and still is to reinforce existing conventions and instruments towards their universalization and to codify best practices in terms of outer-space activities. The draft promotes compliance of signatory states to treaties and conventions such as the CTBT; the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water; and the International Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation. Since then, a process of broad consultations on the proposal has been launched between EU and all interested states, with the objective to achieve the widest possible support. A first round of open-ended consultations was held in Kiev in May 2013 and was aimed at getting different states on the same level of information and knowledge. The second multilateral consultation held in Bangkok focused on the actual content and wording of the proposed text. A reviewed draft will be released early 2014.
The spokesperson of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, stated the day of the second round of consultation that “[Catherine Ashton, on Behalf of the EU,] encourages diplomats and space experts to engage in in-depth discussions on this new proposal that would create a voluntary set of norms of behaviour with the aim to reduce the potential for accidents, incidents and conflicts in an increasingly complex and congested outer space environment”.
Outer Space Treaty
- Facilitating the Process for the Development of an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, UNIDIR Research project with the support of the EU (June 2012 - ongoing)
- Latest draft of the Space Code of Conduct, 16 September 2013
- Report of the Group of Governmental Experts on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Outer Space Activities, 22 July 2013
- Resolution 65/68, Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities, General Assembly, 8 December 2010
- Resolution 62/43, Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities, General Assembly, 5 December 2007
- Resolution 61/75, Transparency and confidence-building measures in outer space activities, General Assembly, 6 December 2006
- Statement by the Spokesperson of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton on the consultations for an International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, Brussels, 20 November 2013
- EU Statement by Ms. Clara Ganslandt Delegation ofthe European Union at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee -17th Meeting Thematic discussion on Outer Space, United Nations, New York 25 October 2013
- European Union Statement by Mr. Adebayo Babajide, Head of Global Disarmament, Space and Conventional Arms, European External Action Service, at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly Fourth Committee Agenda item 50: 12th Meeting - International Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, United Nations, New York 22 October 2013
- European Union Statement by Mr. Jacek Bylica, Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service, at the General Debate of the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, United Nations, New York 07 October 2013
- Six-monthly Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Strategy against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (2013/I), Brussels, 07 August 2013
- EU Statement - United Nations 1st Committee: Outer Space, United Nations New York 22 October 2012
- European Union Statement at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee "Peaceful Uses of Outer Space", United Nations New York 17 October 2012
- European Union Statement by Mr. Andras Kos, Minister Counsellor, Delegation of the European Union, at the General Debate of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly First Committee, United Nations New York 08 October 2012
- EU launches negotiations on International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, Brussels, 06 June 2012
Publications of the Consortium
- The European Union and space: opportunities and risks, Jana Robinson, Michael Romancov, NP paper No.37, January 2014, 12p.
- Ballistic Missiles & Outer Space: Transparency & Confidence Building, EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2013 Special Session 2, Brussels, 30 September 2013
- The Hague Code of Conduct and the EU Space Code of Conduct: long-term challenges and cross-cutting issues, Second Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, Brussels, 17 – 18 June, 2013
- Space and missile proliferation, EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2012 Special Session 2, Brussels, 03 – 04 February, 2012
- Space: Options for Arms Control?, First Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium (“Kick-off-Meeting”), Brussels, 23 – 24 Mai, 2011
Latest Publications from the Network
- Yearbook on Space Policy, 2006 – 2011, 5 volumes, ESPI, SpringerWienNewYork
- The EU Dual Approach to Security and Space - Twenty Years of European Policy Making, Nunzia Paradiso, ESPI Report 45, August 2013, 98p.
- Space Crisis Management: Europe's Response, Jana Robinson, ESPI Report No. 44, February 2013, 42p.
- "Europe’s Space Diplomacy Initiative: the International Code of Conduct", Jana Robinson, in Decoding the International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, Pentagon Press, September 2012
- Status of Europe’s Space Cooperation with Asia, Jana Robinson, ESPI Perspective No. 61, July 2012, 6p.
- Advancing International Space Code of Conduct. , Jana Robinson, Article for e-International Relations, July 13, 2012
- Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership, Jana Robinson, ESPI Report No. 38, November 2011, 50p.
- Enabling Europe’s Key Foreign Policy Objectives via Space, Jana Robinson, ESPI Report No. 30, February 2011, 134p.
- Prospects for Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Space, Jana Robinson, Matthew Paul Schaefer, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Frans von der Dunk, ESPI Report No. 27, September 2010, 48p.
- The Role of Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Advancing Space Security, Jana Robinson, ESPI Report No. 28, September 2010, 96p.
- The Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation: “Lessons Learned” for the European Union Draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, Lucia Marta, ESPI Perspectives No. 34, June 2010