23 June 2010. ESPI hosts event on the review of the Spanish EU Council Presidency

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23 June 2010. With the aim of reviewing the activities taken up by the Spanish EU Council Presidency in the field of space, the Permanent Representation of Spain to the international organisations in Vienna and ESPI have jointly organised an evening event hosted at ESPI premises.

The event was inaugurated by Amb. Roselló, Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN and Vienna based international organisations, and ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl. It aimed at recapitulating the highlights of an ambitious and productive January to June 2010 EU Council Presidency in space matters. It counted with the participation of Tamara Zabala, Counsellor of the Permanent Representation of Spain in Vienna and Roberto Trigo, responsible for the Applications area of the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) as well as with the participation of ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi and Harald Posch, Head of the Austrian Agency for Aeronautics and Space ALR/FFG.

The round of three presentations began with an overview of the diplomatic and juridical aspects of the Presidency’s action provided by Tamara Zabala, who has been the head of the Spanish Delegation to the UNCOPUOS during the Presidency. Roberto Trigo, who had been in involved in the preparation of the major events of the Presidency followed then with providing the insight of the two major topics tackled by the Presidency, Security and Governance. The third presentation by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi was dedicated to the repercussions of the new Lisbon competence on space. The presentations where followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Kai-Uwe Schrogl, where Harald Posch, Head of the Austrian Agency for Aeronautics and Space ALR/FFG and Chairman of ESA’s Industrial Policy Committee, joined the three speakers.

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Ambassador José Luis Roselló addressing the audience

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Roundtable from left: Harald Posch, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi,
Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Tamara Zabala and Roberto Trigo

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From left: Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Tamara Zabala, Amb. José Luis Roselló,
Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi and Roberto Trigo

 ESPI has tightened its relationship to Spain during the last half year when the Spanish Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) joined ESPI as an institutional member. ESPI also hosted in 2010 a Spanish Visiting Researcher. Previously, a Spanish representative had already participated at the EU-Latin America Cooperation Roundtable and more lately, ESPI Resident Fellow Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi had given a presentation at the conference on Governance organised by the Presidency.

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-Presentation by Matxalen Sánchez Aranzemendi "Space, an EU shared competence. It’s more than Art 189 TFEU"
-Presentation by Tamara Zabala: "The role of Europe in Space: Facts and Perspectives"
-Presentation by Roberto Trigo: "The Spanish Presidency of the EU Council: Highlights in space matters"








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