A new draft of the European Union's proposed international code of conduct for space "is a stronger, more useful document than its [June 2012] predecessor," according to a recent analysis by the Stimson Center.
The new draft, which was released Sept. 16, is the fourth since the EU first proposed a code in December 2008. It places "increased emphasis on international cooperation in space" and expands the section related to information sharing, the Nov. 5 analysis says. The September draft also "places increased emphasis on consultative measures," calling for annual rather than biennial meetings of states.
Officials from 60 countries met Nov. 20-22 in Bangkok to discuss recent changes to the code at the second round of consultations on the document among government officials.
The EU has been using the consultations to garner broader support from the international community, especially from emerging spacefaring countries. In a Nov. 20 e-mail to Arms Control Today, Michael Krepon, co-founder of the Stimson Center, cited Ukraine's announcement of support for the code after the first round of consultations in May 2013 in Kiev as an example of success in that effort.