On 1 October 2015, pursuant to Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1764 amending Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1797 amending Regulation 833, the EU amended its sanctions regime on Russia in order to restrict its effect on the European space industry.

The amended legislation permits trade in specific pyrotechnics necessary for the use of launchers operated by European launch service providers, or for launches carried out by European space programmes. Trade will also be allowed for the fuelling of satellites by European satellite manufacturers.