? The European Commission


The?Directorate-General for Defence, Industry, and space?oversees the European Commission's activities in the field of satellite navigation, including the Galileo and EGNOS.

The Directorate-General for Defence, Industry, Space reports to?the Commissioner for Internal Market, Commissioner BRETON.

DG DEFIS develops and carries out the European Commission's policies on defence industry and space.

? The?European Space Agency


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's ‘gateway to space'. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA's 22 Member States are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada also sits on the Council and takes part in some projects under a Cooperation Agreement.

The Agency is headed by a Director-General who is elected by the ESA Council every four years. Each individual research sector has its own Directorate and reports to the Director-General. The current Director-General of ESA is Jan Woerner.

Updated: Jan 07, 2021