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welcome | Sixth annual conference on European Union space policy - What direction for Europe in space between now and 2020? - conference Brussels 28 & 29 January 2013
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Welcome to the website of the sixth annual Conference on
EU space policy.

“What direction for Europe in space between now and 2020?”

Initiative under the patronage of

Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
Mr Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Mr Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

Brussels - 28 & 29 January 2014 - European Commission - Charlemagne Building

Why a new conference on EU space policy?

The start of the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework for the years 2014-20 is the perfect time to examine the future of Europe in Space. At the beginning of next year, the long-term budgets allocated to the space sector, along with the legal instruments that are to guide them, will be established for good. Of course, the time will come to implement the new financial means necessary to pursue the current EU space programmes, such as EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus, and to launch new initiatives, such as Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST). It will soon also be time to establish, thanks to the development of a comprehensive space industrial policy, an improved framework within which European space companies can meet the diverse and numerous technological and industrial challenges that will arise along the way to 2020, thereby maintaining and strengthening their competitiveness at a global level. This is all the more important given that applications enabled by space-based data and services are increasingly being taken up by other civilian-based sectors (transport, environment, ICT, agriculture, etc.), and the benefits that these applications can bring to the security and defence sector, even though they are destined for civilian purposes, are becoming more and more apparent.

On the agenda for discussion: