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Wednesday, 8 June 2016 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Space capabilities for European security and defence (A8-0151/2016 - Bogdan Andrzej Zdrojewski)

  Marlene Mizzi (S&D), in writing. ‒ I have voted in favour of the report because the security environment is becoming increasingly dangerous and challenging, both within and outside the Union, characterised by terrorist attacks, hybrid war and mass murder which affects all Member States and to which Member States must respond by adopting a joint strategy and a coordinated response at all levels, including by developing the space capabilities. These security challenges call for the strengthening of the EU’s security through the continued development and support of the EU Common Security and Defence policy to make it a more effective policy instrument and a real guarantee of the safety of EU citizens and the promotion and protection of European norms, interests and values as enshrined in Article 21 TEU. Space capabilities, in Europe case, the satellites could be used, for example, to better assess and identify the flow of illegal immigrants and their routes, and, in the case of those coming from Northern Africa, to identify the ship-boarding areas in order to engage with them faster and save more lives. Space policy is an essential component of the strategic autonomy which the EU must develop in order to safeguard sensitive technological and industrial capabilities and independent capabilities to carry out assessments.

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