The European Commission’s effort to set common European regulations on the sale of high-resolution satellite imagery outside Europe has been blocked by the British government.
The goal was to create common rules on which a country would be able to receive high-resolution imagery and under what general conditions.
The British government has concluded that a blanket European Union regulation would undermine the commercial high-resolution satellite image industry in Europe. David Willetts, Britain’s minister for science and universities, said the EU proposal was an example of the EU involving itself in an area in which there was no real demand for EU mediation.
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