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Parliamentary question - E-002375/2023(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Breton on behalf of the European Commission

The European Union Space Programme[1] implements space activities in the fields such as Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, and Space Situational Awareness.

The EU Space Programme is implemented in close cooperation with the EU Member States, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and many other stakeholders.

Regulation (EU) 2021/696[2], which sets up the EU Space Programme for 2021-2027 and EUSPA lays down the components and objectives of that programme. Gathering knowledge or documentation about unidentified anomalous phenomena is however not one of these objectives.

The European Defence Agency (EDA) does not hold any documents that would correspond to the topic of unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAPs).

Given that EDA has never worked on UAP issues, it neither holds nor receives documents corresponding to the description given in this question. Furthermore, EDA does not have specific protocols on this matter as it falls outside the remit of EDA’s engagement with the Member States.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and EU civil aviation authorities may receive safety reports on unidentified airborne objects that may endanger civil aviation safety.

The collected safety occurrence reports are stored in a central repository and analysed for safety purposes only. Reporting, storing and analysis of civil aviation occurrences are governed by Regulation (EU) No 376/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 on the reporting, analysis and follow-up of occurrences in civil aviation[3].

Last updated: 13 November 2023
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