The New EU Space Regulation: One Small Step or One Giant Leap for the EU?


  • Luka Orešković Student
  • Sonja Grgić


The paper analyses the new push for stronger initiative from the EU in space-related activities, motivated by the new Regulation (EU) 2021/696, or the EU Space Regulation. The EU took its first steps in this area around the turn of the century, but tangible progress has in reality largely been made in the last decade. Although the EU’s Space Programme is at a comparable level with other countries leading in the global space industry, the public is still largely unfamiliar with it. The paper therefore tries to analyse the Programme through its legal and technical aspects in order to explain the EU’s activities in the main areas of today’s space-related activities – communication, the monitoring of the Earth and its surroundings, as well as different location-based services. In order to highlight the opportunities which are open to every Member State thanks to the new Regulation, a short overview of Croatia’s activities thus far in the space industry is given. Although the Regulation is a substantial document, some questions are still left open, such as Member States’ liability regarding the Space Programme, and these are discussed in the third part of the paper. The paper concludes by answering the question posed in the title – whether this new Space Policy can actually bring the EU to the forefront of one of today’s fastest growing sectors.

Keywords: space industry, EU Space Programme, Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, Space Situational Awareness, GOVSATCOM, FERSAT, Adriatic Aerospace Association.



This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution − Non-Commercial − No Derivatives 4.0 International License.


Suggested citation: L Orešković and S Grgić, ‘The New EU Space Regulation: One Small Step or One Giant Leap for the EU?’ (2021) 17 CYELP 77.




How to Cite

Orešković, L., & Grgić, S. (2021). The New EU Space Regulation: One Small Step or One Giant Leap for the EU?. Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, 17(2021), 77–126. Retrieved from