Industry Commissioner says Europe will speed up space ambitions

Thierry Breton, Internal Market Commissioner said on Sunday EU is planning to invest in rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration, in light of rapid progress by the US and China.  “Space is one of Europe’s strong points, and we’re giving ourselves the means to speed up,” Breton told Reuters in an interview, on Sunday. […]

The remake of Europe (III): Anatomy of the Loot

This episode is rather long, more than 3000 words but is very informative. I suggest to save it for future reference. The lack of any political control of the European Commission’s services has allowed civil servants to become autonomous and non-accountable. This anomaly is particularly reflected in the way tenders, projects, and programmes are funded […]

EU helps to avoid almost empty ‘ghost flights’, reduce CO2 emissions

In order to ease the economic and environmental impact of the COVID-19 outbreak outbreak, the European Commission decided on 10 March to put forward very rapidly targeted legislation to temporarily alleviate airlines from their airport slot usage obligations under EU law. A so-called “use-it-or-lose-it” rule has forced European airlines to run near-empty flights in order […]