EUROPEAN SPACE EXPLORATION ACT
Proposed by Cllr. Ben Hufton (Reitzmag) :: Passed (4-1), February 9th, 2020 :: Unamended
With the emerging technology and the beginning of Space Age within all member-states of the European Union;
It is thoroughly observable that the European Union needs to catch up with these and establish regulations on the use of space technology;
This Act is hereby proposed to establish the following:
SECTION I. ESTABLISHMENT OF EUROPEAN SPACE ADMINISTRATION (ESA)
Whereas, the ESA will have its headquarters in the Free City of Europolis, as well as additional office branches as allowed by European Member-states.
Whereas, the ESA will will prepare a report to the Premier Commissioner and the European Council on the feasibility of a regional spaceport.
Whereas, a spaceport shall be defined as a site capable of launching and receiving space craft, launch vehicles into orbital or suborbital trajectories; this site shall be capable of whatever activities are needed to support said actions.
Whereas, the report complied by the ESA shall focus on the potential impact to the local area of proposed sites, total end cost, safety to local residents, and long term feasibility of the project.
Whereas, on a case by case basis, ESA facilities shall be considered open for use by European Union Member-states and private organizations. The European Union has the right to request compensation for this use.
SECTION II. RIGHTS OF THE ESA
Whereas, the ESA shall work to invest and research in new technologies and sciences that relate to the civilian use of space. The ESA shall work with national agencies in member states to cross-harmonize regulations.
Whereas, the ESA may provide administrative punishments to any local agencies or private entity that violates any section of this act, and any regulations established by the ESA. The Commissioner of Internal Affairs shall be considered the final arbiter in any dispute against administrative punishments.
Whereas, the ESA shall attempt to the best of its ability to refer any judicial punishments to the lowest appropriate level after consultations with member-states.
Whereas, the ESA shall have the ability to participate in incident investigations of regional importance, or as requested by member-states of the European Union. The ESA shall issue a report to the European Council if any investigation is conducted.
Whereas, the ESA shall provide a biannual report on its activities to the European Council, and a yearly budgetary request.
Whereas, the ESA shall set forth standards and recommendations on regulations; it has no right to establish outright regulation without the consent of a member-state.
Whereas. the ESA has the right to be notified of civil use of space, as well as potential emergencies that could impact multi-nations.
SECTION III. ADMINISTRATION OF THE ESA
Whereas, the ESA shall be organized, and overseen under the purview of the Commissioner of Internal Affairs
Whereas, the Commissioner of Internal Affairs will appoint a Director of the European Space Agency, and may dismiss them as they see fit.
Whereas, the Director of the ESA will oversee the day to day operations of the ESA, as well as chair the ESA Advisory Council.
Whereas, the ESA Advisory Council will be composed of one representative from each member-state.
Whereas, the ESA Advisory Council shall set forth standards, recommendations, as well as conduct other administrative duties within the ESA.
Whereas, the ESA shall received its director and have its council established within a one year period from the passage of this act. Any standards, recommendations, or other declarations from the ESA shall have a one year grace period to be fully implemented.
The European Liberals have been unable to recruit the required amount of members within their days of notice. As Cllr. Greene continues to be the sole member of the eurogroup, the European Liberals are hereby dissolved.
The Republic of New Zealand first respects and honours the land of the ancient peoples of Europolis. We welcome their spirits in the guiding of this chamber.
I, Helen Clark, on behalf of the Republic of New Zealand, votes AGAINST this legislation.
Councillor for the Republic of New Zealand
Pravoslaviya will not support this amendment, which as Cllr Falk points out is an obvious response to the legitimate actions of one member state. In any sense, it's shutting the door after the horse has bolted – there's nothing in this amendment that makes it retroactive, nor should there be. Also a by-election is a democratic process.
Cllr Tupac Shakur
With 3 votes FOR and 1 ABSTENTION, the motion of condemnation passes. The European Council officially condemns the communist coup in Icholasen.
Deputy Speaker Marion Rousselot
Councillor for the Kingdom of Gallorum
The European Union is starting to be in danger, and it's not because of an economical crisis or a natural disaster. The Communist uprises and the battles on air and in the ground are destroying one of the values of the European Union, that is unity. We'll need to think well on our following actions, and take care on them to provide that the European Union comes back to normal as sooner as possible. In the other hand, we're very happy that the Reitzmatic conflicts have come to an end, and we hope that another war doesn't start because of abusive conditions that seems to be inspired in WWI.
Donald D. Tusk
Councillor for Spain
I have been asked to read out the following statement by Prime Minister Metodi Pravoslav and Deputy Prime Minister Dragan Trympov:
The Kingdom of Pravoslaviya is pleased to hear that the conflict in Reitzmag has come to a positive conclusion. Communism is an abominable, godless, nationless ideology that dominated our country for 45 years of darkness, and we are overjoyed that the people of Reitzmag shall not fall under the sway of that particular evil.
For 10,000 years, the people of Pravoslaviya have stood with all that is good, against every evil from Communism to the attempts of European NGOs to force the demographic replacement of our people with so-called 'refugees' from Dromund Kaas. The government of Reitzmag, and all right-thinking and law-abiding people across Europe, can rest assured that the Pomak gangs and terrorists who have aided and abetted the Communists in Reitzmag will be dealt with swiftly according to military justice. Authorities in our country are already questioning, and have in some cases charged, leading members of the following parties: Communist Party of Torlakia, Social Democratic Party, Pomak and Minority Electoral Action. We regret that, in many instances, the suspects became agitated and violent under questioning to the point where physical force had to be used against them. Those suspects will be treated indefinitely in our world-class prison hospitals until such time that they are deemed fit to stand trial.
Let the world be under no illusion that Pravoslaviya will succumb to any external evil. We have acted with necessary and decisive force to stem the supply of support to Reitzmag's communist insurrectionists, and to prevent the spread of communist terror to our country and beyond. Our borders are sacrosanct and we will always take any measures necessary to protect them.
Cllr Tupac Shakur
With 4 votes for and 2 against, Amendment I has PASSED. With 2 votes for and 2 against, Amendment II has FAILED.
After reflecting upon the amendment that has been passed - which has effectively poison pilled my own motion - I hereby withdraw my motion from the Council's consideration.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
In response to the opposition of the other councilors, PM Mark Johnson wants to inform the council of the following:
"Due to the opposition of the councilors, the Treaty of Victoria may be signed according to preferred articles but shall automatically be signed together with Article One"
Following this statement, the Treaty of Victoria will now proceed to signing via summit at Victoria City, Reich of Zucheibstein, URR.
Friedrich van Allen
Councilor, United Reichs of Reitzmag
Legislation can't be held on standby once it has been proposed, unfortunately. Since this legislation is still apparently incomplete, I am not sure what point there is moving forward with voting on something that is still a work in progress . As most of this legislation still needs to be re-worked, the amount of amendments that we would have to sort through would be astronomical. Instead, I'll simply dissmiss this legislation and we can hopefully see this Act re-proposed in a fresh and complete state soon.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
The Apostolic Crown of Angleter's strong and clear rejection of this Act has been both noted and heard. It is very regrettable that Councillor Cruthin has resigned as a consequence, and that Angleter will not have a councillor in the foreseeable future. Councillor Cruthin has made many invaluable contributions within the Council since taking office, much like many of Angleter's distinguished Councillors that preceded him. Angleteric Councillors have long been an asset to the European Union by providing sound and fair judgement during all Council debates, as well as by being very active participants in all Council procedures. Angleter's lack of presence will definitely leave the Council weaker and worse-off. I therefore extend my hand to the government of the Apostolic Crown and would like to meet with them in the coming weeks, either in Europolis or in New Birmingham, to resolve this impasse as well as other impasses.
Council Speaker and Councillor for Inquista
Voting is officially over.
With 4 votes, Edward Firoux is elected as Speaker of the European Council.
Also with 4 votes, Marion Rousselot is elected as Deputy Speaker of the European Council.
Thanks to all who participated in voting. Good luck to the Speaker and Deputy Speaker in their new terms.
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