Updates on Horizon Europe’s Space R&I Partnership

MARCH 2024

The SPACE AISBL (composed of SME4SPACE, Eurospace, ESRE, EASTRO and EASN) is thrilled to announce that after months working with supply chain stakeholders on the identification of key challenges for the European space competitiveness, a preliminary plan for the Globally Competitive Space Systems Co-Programmed European Partnership is being released.

The proposal prepared by the five associations for implementation in Horizon Europe is composed of:

  • A framing document, that presents the rationale, objectives and development goals to be achieved within the 2025-2027 timeframe
  • A recommendation to apply the specific objectives to the work programme of 2025

We invite our Members to take stock of these proposals.

The process is now in the hands of the European Commission and the Horizon Europe Programme Committee. We are confident that the proposals will be considered for the elaboration of the 2025 Horizon Europe Work Programme.

We thank our Members for their fruitful collaboration


15 February 2024: Inputs from the members to WP 2025 will be sent to the European Commission (DG Defis)

15 March 2024: The comitology procedure will start between the European Commission and the Members States to finalise the WP 2025 elaboration

As of March 2024: SME4SPACE will invite its members to contribute to workshops and Roadmapping activities in the context of the elaboration of WP 2026. This process is supposed to run in the March-September 2024 timeframe


The signing of the S.P.A.C.E. aisbl statutes witnessed by a notary. The event took place on the 23rd of October 2023, in Brussels.

From left to right Signatories: Andy Court (EASTRO), Olivier Lemaitre (Eurospace) and Hans Bracquené (SME4SPACE).


We’d like to provide an important update regarding the proposed co-programmed partnership for space research and innovation under Horizon Europe.

As detailed in our presentation from 7th December 2022, the proposed partnership remains active. However, the official launch has been temporarily postponed to facilitate the establishment of an ad-hoc association by our private partners, known as S.P.A.C.E.

To learn more about this initiative, we invite you to review our presentation slides (especially slides 16 and onwards) linked below.

Stay tuned as we will be sharing more updates on the progress of this partnership and seeking your invaluable input, especially around the drafting of the additional activities plan.

We welcome any queries you may have regarding the space partnership.

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