20 Apr

Concerning  the Ethics Code issue there are 3 main organizations in The European Union: ESA – ECSL – ESPI 

European Space Agency (ESA)

 The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.


European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) 

The European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) was established in 1989 under the auspices of the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the support of a number of pioneers in this field. It is founded on the basis of a Charter, last amended in 2009.

Among other things, one of the main objectives of the Centre is to provide a forum for all those wishing to participate in constructive dialogue related to space law, and to encourage interdisciplinary exchange among members.

European Space Policy Institute (ESPI)

The creation of the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) followed a decision made by the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2002 and is governed by a General Assembly.

The ESPI responds to needs through independent analyses and advice, with the aim of supporting space as a strategic policy area for Europe. To this effect, it provides recommendations, policy options and forward vision as to how Europe’s engagement in space can bring maximum benefit to society. ESPI’s work also reflects how space can sensibly contribute to Europe’s unique role in global politics as a strong and principled actor.

Short history of EU discussions and decisions with ethics of space meaning        

2019- SOS SOS SOS : EU calls for ethical conduct in space to avoid collision and orbital debris.

2014a- EU proposal  for an international Space Code of Conduct, Draft. 2014. International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities.

2014b- International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities-Version 31 March 2014, 13pp, 111  paragraphs. (without the word-Ethics)

2010- Protection of the Space Environment. (useful resources)

2000- N° 45–2000: The ethics of outer space. (ESA and UNESCO joint report)

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