Proposal for Autumn Congress

Proposal 301

LYMEC Autumn Congress, November 8 to 9., 2019 in London

Author: Centerpartiets Ungdomsförbund (CUF)


Status: [  ] accepted [  ] rejected [  ] transferred to: ___________________________

The Autumn Congress may decide:

1Taking Europe Out of This World

2When looking up at the night sky, one is instantly humbled by the vastness of outer space. Outer

3space is an undiscovered mystery but also a tool to learn more about our home, Earth. The
4space industry feeds the economy with new innovations that improve our everyday lives and
5solve issues faced by the whole of mankind. The benefits of international cooperation have time
6and time again been exemplified by common achievements within this industry, such as the
7running of the International Space Station. Access to space needs to be safeguarded from the
8threats of pollution and poor competence provision. Furthermore, with outdated legislation and
9treaties that create confusion regarding ownership and sovereignty in outer space, the risk
10conflict escalates. This is further spurred on by diminishing international cooperation. Space
11exploration has inspired generations, and space must be cared for in order to continue doing so
12in the future. 


13Therefore,

14Deeply alarmed by the increasing quantity of space debris in orbit that disturbs the vision of

15telescopes, damages and decreases lifespan of satellites, and threatens the safety of
16spacecrafts due to a heightened risk of puncture,

17Recognises the practice of asteroid mining has the potential to generate substantial amounts of

18wealth,

19Noting that the economic profits gained from practising asteroid mining gives private companies

20reason to invest in space technology, 

21Fully aware that the uncertainty of ownership of celestial bodies and their resources might cause

22armed conflicts,

23Noting with deep concern the risks involved for third party countries that result from using kinetic

24weapons in outer space, 

25Recognises that the previous lack of cooperation between private companies and government

26space agencies has resulted in space programmes with inefficient use of human and financial
27capital,

28Bearing in mind the high financial costs in undertaking space research,

29Taking into account the limited public funding in the field of space exploration, threatening

30European research facilities’ ability to compete in a global context,

31Keeping in mind the consequences that weakened competition might impose, such as the

32unintentional monopolisation of access to celestial bodies and outer space,

33Aware of how lacking competence threatens the future of space research and development,

34Reaffirming the benefits that come with space research and exploration in the form of civil

35applications of developed technologies, such as new industries and technology,

36Underlining the public interest in space exploration and technology,

37Emphasising that space exploration inspires future generations to work within the realm of

38science;


39LYMEC calls for;

  1. 1.

    40The European Space Agency to increasingly use private-public partnerships in order to
    41reduce costs and accelerate the development of the European space industry; 

  2. 2.

    42The EU to increase their contribution to the European Space Agency’s budget;

  3. 3.

    43The International Space Exploration Coordination Group to include commercial actors to
    44a greater extent in order to increase transparency and synergy between the public and
    45private sectors;

  4. 4.

    46The United Nations Space Committee to ban the use of conventional weapons in outer
    47space; 

  5. 5.

    48More interaction between young people and the space industry to ensure the provision of
    49skills and continued public interest in space; 

  6. 6.

    50The United Nations Space Committee:

    1. 1.

      51to reevaluate the “Outer Space Treaty” of 1967 with the purpose of modernising
      52and clarifying the role of commercial actors in space exploration, 

    2. 2.

      53to open a dialogue on the allocation of resources generated by mining on celestial
      54bodies;

  7. 7.

    55Tougher legislation on the destruction of retired satellites and other artificial objects in
    56orbit, for example:

    1. 1.

      57the implementation of mandatory and fail-safe deorbitation systems,

    2. 2.

      58the introduction of shorter periods before mandatory self-destruction, 

    3. 3.

      59the establishment of incentives for actors that remove large objects from the
      60Earth's orbit;

  8. 8.

    61The European Commission to encourage and facilitate research and development of
    62technologies and methods that seek to reduce Kessler syndrome, through programmes
    63such as Horizon Europe.


Attention: This is a preview! The official text is printed in the proposal book for Autumn Congress 08 - 09 November 2019.