14 October 2008. ESPI completed its support to this year’s Czech presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) with a presentation at the Plenary Conference in Prague.
The Plenary Conference of the Czech EISC presidency took place on 13 and 14 October 2008 at the Czech Senate in Prague with high-level participation of parliamentary delegations from ten countries and addresses by the Czech Prime Minister and the ESA Director General. A final resolution was adopted, which will be – following its publication – posted on the “Documents and Links” section of ESPI’s website. The resolution highlights the parliamentarians concern i.a. with industrial and trade policy, the establishment of a coherent space security policy and the need to foster space applications on a European scale.
Throughout the year, ESPI had supported the Czech presidency of EISC. This cooperation had been initiated at a visit of Vice Minister for Transport Petr Slegr and Commissioner Karel Dobes on 26 February 2008 in ESPI (webnews). Following this, ESPI had been invited to moderate the roundtables at the two workshops, the EISC presidency organized on GMES and Galileo on 28 March 2008 (webnews) and on Small and Medium Enterprises on 28 June 2008 (webnews). EPSI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, who participated in the Plenary Conference together with ESPI’s Treasurer Michel A. Jakob, presented the results of these roundtables to the delegations (presentation). This event completed the support of ESPI to this year’s Czech EISC presidency. It is foreseen that ESPI will further support the Czech authorities in their EU presidency in the first half of the 2009 and also the UK presidency of EISC in 2009.
ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl presenting the results of the two EISC workshops