BRUSSELS (dpa-AFX) – The EU wants to ensure secure communication for companies and citizens with a satellite network. Negotiators from the EU Parliament and the member states agreed on Thursday evening to set up a so-called satellite constellation called Iris² (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnection and Security by Satellites). For this purpose, 2.4 billion euros are to come from the EU budget in the coming years, according to a statement.
“This is historic!” Wrote the responsible EU Commissioner Thierry Breton on Twitter after the agreement. The EU is thus adding a third component to its strategic space infrastructure – the Galileo and Copernicus satellite navigation system, which is used for earth observation.