01 February 2017. On 24-25 January, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora, and ESPI Resident Fellows Serge Plattard, Cenan Al-Ekabi, and Alessandra Vernile participated in the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy discussing a “Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead” in Brussels, Belgium. Within six sessions, high-level Policy and Industry stakeholders discussed the European Commission’s new EU Space Strategy and New Space in light of competitiveness, service connectivity and economy, diplomacy, and defence; also addressed was Europe’s evolving SatCom industry and means in which the EU should help to facilitate and fund the future space market.

 ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora moderated two sessions during the event: the Fourth Session on ‘Space as key tool at the service of the European Security & Defence Policy’; and the Fifth Session on ‘A fully evolving European SatCom industry addressing new technological challenges and new needs.’ A closing address was given by former French minister for Research and Space, and incoming member of ESPI Advisory Council, Geneviève Fioraso.

The conference was organised by Business Bridge Europe, under the high patronage of: the European Parliament; the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker; and the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, Didier Reynders.

A synthesis of the discussions of the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy will be published by ESPI in the coming days.

Speech of Genevieve Fioraso can be downloaded here:

9th Brussels Conference