1st Edition

European Integration and Space Policy A Growing Security Discourse

Edited By Thomas Hoerber, Antonella Forganni Copyright 2021
    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    204 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume addresses developments in European space policy and its significance for European integration, using discourse theory as a framework.

    It seeks to address the developments in European space policy by examining several sensitive security questions linked in general with space activities, on the one hand, and the interplay between space policy and security policy in the European Union (EU) on the other. The book argues that defence and security matters should be studied for a better understanding of space projects in their historical, political, economic, legal and social context.

    The volume seeks to answer the following key questions:

    • What can space policy contribute to European identity formation and the integration process?

    • What are the interests of member states/EU institutions in space?

    • How is space policy perceived by European institutions, and how have they been engaged in the policy process to promote activity in space?

    • In which ways is the EU engaged in space, in terms of policy areas, e.g. foreign policy, industrial policy, security and defence policies?

    • What is the impact of institutions on the policy-making process in European space policy?

    This book will be of interest to students of EU policy, space policy, discourse studies and International Relations in general.


    Thomas Hoerber and Antonella Forganni

    Part I: Country Perspectives

    1. Member States’ engagement in space and security in the framework of European Space Policy

    Maarten Adriaensen, Ntorina Antoni and Christina Giannopapa

    2. The strategic utilisation of the US in EU space policy discourse

    Iraklis Oikonomou

    3. Space Based Positioning Navigation and Timing Systems: their place in global politics and geo-political power relations

    Sarah Lieberman

    Part II: European Space Policy

    4. Security and the discourse of risk in European space policy

    Lorna Ryan

    5. European Space Policy Perspectives on Space Traffic Management (STM)

    Ntorina Antoni, Christina Giannopapa and Kai-Uwe Schrogl

    6. Europe in Space - ESA’s Unique Approach and Vital Contributions in comparison to NASA

    Matthea Brandenburg and Thomas Hoerber

    Part III: World Issues

    7. Space colonization Jurisdiction and other legal issues

    Antonella Forganni

    8. Space, an indispensable dimension to the credibility of EU external action

    Pascal Legai


    Thomas Hoerber and Antonella Forganni


    Thomas Hoerber is Professor for European Studies, Director of the EU*Asia Institute and Head of the Department of International Affairs at ESSCA School of Management, France.

    Antonella Forganni is Associate Professor in Law, Head of the Department of Economics, Law and Society and member of the EU*Asia Institute at ESSCA School of Management, France.