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:
European space industry: facing the challenge of competitiveness
Are Members States ready to proceed with the proposals tabled by the European Commission in its Communication on EU Space Industrial Policy aimed at sustaining the competitiveness of the sector and its actors (manufacturers, service providers and operators)? How to maximise opportunities provided by other EU initiatives such as Horizon 2020, the purpose of which is to foster public and private research? How to ensure the provision of appropriate space technologies and services that are key to the development of the new economy, as well as an important source of economic growth and job creation?
International Dimension of Space: Cooperation and Competitiveness
When it comes to relations with third countries in the space sector, what kind of cooperation, either in terms of programmes or technology, whether established under comprehensive or specific agreements, has been concluded thus far or is soon to be reached? What balance should be struck between cooperation and competitiveness? And what criteria and principles are to preside over this question?
EU space programmes: prospective state-of-play
Galileo: completion of the constellation, technological choices for the next generation of satellites, etc.;
Copernicus/GMES: development of the space, in-situ and service components; management of data and information policy, etc.;
Operational Space Infrastructure Operators: division of management tasks;
Launchers: strategic, industrial and technological choices to be made for the development and renewal of the current European array of launcher?
The growing role of satellite telecommunications, and new challenges for operators
Participation in e-society, contribution to regional economic development, increasing role in security and defence, etc.: the role played by satcoms continues to grow, but the satcoms sector in Europe is facing increasing competition internationally. What are the means necessary to meet the new technological, frequency and commercial challenges? What could be the contribution of the ‘Connecting Europe Facility’? What about the support coming from the ‘Horizon 2020’ programme?
What are the new challenges and opportunities for Europe in space?
SST, space debris removal, cyber security, space exploration, societal challenges, space sciences, etc.
The defence and security dimension of space services and activities
What impact for space research, programmes and industry out of the December 2013 European Council dedicated to the Common Security and Defence Policy, against the backdrop of the Commission’s Communication on security and defence industrial policy and the Final Report by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton?