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Eurobarometer: Europeans are well aware and positive about EU space activities

European Commission - IP/12/1008   25/09/2012

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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 25 September 2012

Eurobarometer: Europeans are well aware and positive about EU space activities

Europeans are increasingly aware of the EU's activities in space. For Galileo, the European GPS system, public awareness is 57% in average, while in 2007 it was 40%. For the Global monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme the awareness is 38% whereas it was only 22% in 2009. European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani presented today in Brussels the results of the Flash Eurobarometer survey on space activities that was carried out this summer. The results were released at the opening of the European Space Expo in Brussels, which already travelled to 3 Members States and will travel to 15 others in the next 18 months.

Europeans are also very positive about space activities in general. 81% believe that space derived services and space technologies are important for the development of innovative terrestrial applications. This figure was 74% in 2009. This is confirmed by the fact that 76% say that space services are important for industrial competiveness, growth and creation of jobs in the EU (as opposed to 64% at the beginning of the crisis in 2009).

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: “This survey acknowledges the importance that space has for European citizens and it supports the EU's involvement in this domain. So despite the current economic and financial turmoil our citizens are confident in our space initiatives. They are crucial for the economy and society and to foster innovation and industrial competitiveness".

For more information the full report is available on:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/space/documents/index_en.htm

See also the DG ENTR space web site:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/space/index_en.htm

The European Space expo travelling to 15 Member States

Key findings of the Eurobarometer

Citizens have ranked space activities according to priority and support their development by the EU, in partnership with the member States.

  • 60% of Europeans are aware of satellite collision risks, over half of them have heard of the Galileo satellite system (57%) and almost four out of ten has heard of GMES (38%).

  • The large majority of Europeans think space derived services and technology is important for the development of innovative terrestrial applications (81%); three-quarters say that they are important for industrial competitiveness; 76% for growth and creation of jobs in the EU, and the same proportion believe that they are important for EU policies such as transport, environment, and security (75%).

  • Half of the Europeans use at least one navigation system (50%) and 41% do not use one and are not planning to acquire one either.

  • The top three navigation-based services, cited by an absolute majority of Europeans, have safety in common: search and rescue operations of stranded people (60%); helping people with disabilities (59%) and real-time information about dangerous situations on the road (53%).

  • Europeans would like space activity to focus on health improvement (36%) and climate change understanding (33%) as a priority.

The majority of Europeans want the EU to play a role in the following areas:

  • A space monitoring system to manage disasters and crisis as well as mitigate the effects of climate change (77%).

  • A space monitoring system to detect satellites and space debris and prevent their collision (74%).

  • A space exploration programme with humans or robots (63%).

  • Among those who think that Member States should develop a space exploration program with humans and robots, three-quarters believe the EU should do more in the field of Space Exploration.

For more results and more information on European Space policy please see MEMO/12/704.

Background

The Flash Eurobarometer 355 survey on space activities was carried out in the 27 EU Member States between July 9th and 12th 2012. Some 25 536 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed by telephone in their mother tongue.

Contacts :

Carlo Corazza (+32 2 295 17 52)

Sara Tironi (+32 2 299 04 03)


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