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By Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Blandina Baranes, Christophe Venet, Wolfgang Rathgeber

The Yearbook on area coverage goals to be the reference e-book analysing house coverage advancements. every year it offers concerns and tendencies in house coverage and the distance region as a complete. Its scope is international and its point of view is eu. The Yearbook additionally hyperlinks area coverage with different coverage components. It highlights particular occasions and matters, and gives priceless insights, info and knowledge on house actions. The Yearbook on area coverage is edited by way of the ecu area coverage Institute (ESPI) dependent in Vienna, Austria. It combines in-house examine and contributions of individuals of the eu house coverage examine and educational community (ESPRAN), coordinated through ESPI. The Yearbook is designed for presidency decision-makers and organizations, undefined pros, in addition to the carrier sectors, researchers and scientists and the public.

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Tensions between Russia and Ukraine resumed in the spring of 2009, shedding light once again on the crucial issue of energy security for Europe. 26 More generally, the EU continued to pursue an ambitious energy policy based on three pillars: security of supply, competitiveness and sustainability. A directive on renewable energies was discussed in the course of 2008, with the establishment of national action plans for each Member State. In December, the integrated energy/climate package was adopted, and the third liberalisation package of the European Commission, aiming at liberalising the energy sector in the EU, is under discussion.

1. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) During its 63rd plenary session in 2008, the UNGA adopted three resolutions pertaining to space. The topic and basic patterns of these resolutions is similar every year, but special emphasis can be put on certain issues. This year, the issue of security was again a high priority, mirroring growing concerns about a possible arms race in outer space. S. voted against and Israel abstained. In this year’s resolution, the UNGA focused on transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBM) to avoid an arms race in outer space.

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) continued to analyse developments in the CD and to propose options to break the deadlock. In 2008, it introduced an options paper in the CD, reviewing past proposals and proposing new options. 77 The CD was in session from 28 July to 12 September 2008, from 19 January to 27 March 2009 and from 19 May to 2 July 2009. Its work in 2008 in the field of space security ended without significant process, as no agreement could be found on the draft treaty banning space weapons introduced by Russia and China.

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