• European Commission Enterprise and Industry
  • European Parliament - intergroup Sky and Space
  • Commitee of the Regions
  • European Economic and Social Committee
  • ESA - European Space Agency
  • Eumetsat - Monitoring weather and climate from space
  • Eurospace

Welcome to the website of the fourth annual Conference on
European Union space policy.


Conference placed under the high patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Mr Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Mr Herman Van Rompuy, and Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr Antonio Tajani

Europe, as with any country or grouping of states around the world, can no longer do without space technology.

Space has long since emerged from its strictly scientific confines, reaching beyond space exploration in order to offer a multitude of “earth-based” tools and services that now form an indispensable part of our daily lives: not just in the fields of telecommunications, meteorology and satellite navigation, but also in less well-publicised areas such as the management of harvests, the observation of the poles and ocean surveillance.

The consensus is that these applications are vital in terms of the preservation of the planet, security, mobility, industrial capacity, protection of critical infrastructure, etc. They are, however, in their infancy, and in a world of increasing competition, ensuring that they are developed in a way that maximises the benefits they offer to citizens and to society will require, more than ever, a concerted effort from all public and private actors and the mobilisation of critical funding.

In order to meet the serious challenges posed by globalisation, the European Union has developed an ambitious growth strategy from here to 2020, within which the new space policy envisaged in the Lisbon Treaty forms an integral part. The large-scale programmes already under way as part of European space policy, such as the satellite navigation systems, EGNOS and Galileo, or GMES, the earth observation and monitoring system, address fully the three main priorities of the 2020 Strategy: increasing public and private investment in research and innovation, ensuring large-scale creation of new jobs and improving the tools available for addressing climate change and protecting the environment.

An excellent opportunity for participants

This Conference 2011 offers a perfect opportunity for policy-makers, business leaders, scientists and representatives of civil society:

  • to stay informed regarding expected developments in European space policy,
  • particularly in terms of public financing at a time when difficult negotiations are underway on the EU’s future budget (2014-2020), during which the European Commission has proposed new financial instruments, such as “euro project bonds”,
  • to learn about the EU’s intentions in terms of the governance of space projects and the allocation of responsibility among the various institutional actors,
  • to take stock of the current state of the two large-scale programmes in development, Galileo and GMES, directly from those in charge of them,
  • to learn about the advances that are envisaged in space exploration and exploitation,
  • but also to express their expectations and increase awareness among decision-makers, businesses and potential users, so as to mobilise them as to the technological, industrial, economic and social opportunities offered by space resources.

Expected participants

The Conference aims to bring together all parties concerned with European space policy and its innumerous applications (transport, telecommunications, the fight against climate change, civil engineering, agriculture, fishing, energy, civil protection, sea and mountain rescue, traffic management, monitoring of high-risk infrastructure, crisis prevention, insurance, financial services, etc.), and will include representatives from:

  • the space industry – heads of corporations and SMEs,
  • research and development centres,
  • businesses developing space applications,
  • businesses using space services,
  • public bodies involved in providing assistance to civil society,
  • the defence and civil protection sectors,
  • regional and local institutions and authorities: regions, provinces, cities, etc.,
  • European institutions,
  • national institutions, parliaments and relevant national agencies.

Organised in collaboration with

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry, the European Parliament and its “Sky and Space” Intergroup, the European Council, the Committee of Regions, the European Space Agency and Eurospace.