Germany prepares bill on outer space | News from Germany about world events | DW

The German authorities are developing a draft national law on outer space. It will be submitted to the Federal Parliament for consideration next year, Thomas Jarzombek, the federal government’s commissioner for astronautics and aeronautics, told the DPA on Thursday, January 31.

The German Ministry of the Economy, which is preparing the bill, intends to formulate it in such a way that it contains as few bureaucratic obstacles as possible to private investment in aviation projects. At the same time, there will be no provisions in the law regulating the extraction of resources in space, which airlines require. Instead, Berlin expects to reach appropriate agreements at UN level.

Critics of such laws passed by individual states point out that the Treaty on the Principles of States’ Activities in Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies, signed in 1967 by the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, contains all the necessary standards. According to him, resources in space should be available to everyone. At present, more than 100 countries in the world have acceded to this treaty.

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