Initiative under the Patronage of the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

“Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead”

The composition of the sessions as well as the number and the names of the individuals mentioned are still, at this stage, purely indicative, even though numerous speakers have already confirmed their participation.

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 January 2017

09:00 – 09:45 WELCOME MESSAGE

  • Martin Schulz, President, European Parliament
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • EU Member State Minister
  • Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency
  • Jean-Loïc Galle, President, Eurospace

09:45 – 11:00 FIRST SESSION

New EU Space Strategy and New Space: crucial stake of competitiveness

Is the global vision for Space (EU space strategy and ESA CMIN) a decisive step to reach the two main political objectives: European autonomy and reinforced competitiveness of the European industry

Q&A Debate with:
  • Jerzy Buzek, MEP, Chair, ITRE Committee, European Parliament
  • Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 SECOND SESSION

Space services integration in a European connected society and economy

How will the space services be active for the modernisation of the European society

Q&A Debate with:
  • Lowri Evans, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Marian-Jean Marinescu, MEP, TRAN Committee, European Parliament
  • Paul Verhoef, ESA - Director of NAV
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative
  • Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break (Palais d'Egmont)

14:30 – 14:45 Welcome address

  • Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission

14:45 – 16:00 THIRD SESSION

European space policy as a tool for the EU diplomacy

How will the expected actions reinforce the European position: in international relations and economic diplomacy

Q&A Debate with:
  • Mattias Petschke, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General, EEAS
  • Elmar Brok, MEP, Chair, AFET Committee, European Parliament
  • Frank Proust, MEP, Vice-Chair of "Sky & Space" Intergroup, European Parliament
  • Josef Aschbacher, ESA - Director of EOP
  • Industrial representative

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 FOURTH SESSION

Space as key tool at the service of the European Security & Defence Policy

How will the space programmes contribute to the political priority of the European Security and Defence (incl. migration and border surveillance)

Q&A Debate with:
  • Helga Schmid, Secretary-General, EEAS
  • Philippe Brunet, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
  • Christian Ehler, MEP, Vice-Chair, SEDE Sub-committee, European Parliament
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative

18:00 – 18:15 CLOSING ADDRESS

Closing address by:
  • Antonio Tajani, Vice-President, European Parliament

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 January 2017


  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium

09:15 – 10:30 FIFTH SESSION

European Satcom industry addressing new challenges and new needs

How will the space programs contribute to the preparation of the future telecoms (5G, frequencies, Govsatcom, telecom for aeronautics, UAVs)

Q&A Debate with:
  • Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Magali Vaissière, ESA-Director of TIA
  • Pavel Telička, MEP, Vice-Chair, ALDE Group, European Parliament
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 SIXTH SESSION

How should the EU facilitate and fund the future of space market

Road map for implementation and related financing

Opening address by:
  • Günther Oettinger, Commissionner, European Commission
Q&A Debate with:
  • Nadia Calviño, Director-General, DG BUDG, European Commission
  • Ambroise Fayrolle, Vice-President, EIB
  • Jean Arthuis, MEP, Chair, BUDG Committee, European Parliament
  • Eric Morel de Wesgaver, ESA - Director of IPL
  • Industrial representative
  • Industrial representative

12:30 – 13:00 CLOSING ADDRESS

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President, European Commission
  • Monika Hohlmeier, MEP, Chair, "Sky & Space" Intergroup, European Parliament