European Space Exploration Act 2020
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.