15 December 2010. Today, stakeholders from the field of satellite communication (SatCom) in Europe met at ESPI to discuss policy issues related to this area, which is for a leading sector of European space activities.
The workshop held today at the Institute, is part of ESPI’s Workplan 2010. Its results will be used for the preparation of an ESPI Report, prepared by ESPI Resident Fellow Veronica La Regina, who is the study leader of that project and who also moderated the workshop. SatCom is an element of the current European Space Policy (ESP). But neither ESP itself nor following efforts in refining and implementing ESP have focused on SatCom, setting comprehensive and concrete goals and strategies for this sector. The workshop had the aim of identifying the main and most relevant and urgent policy issues in the sector. It was trying to elaborate a SWOT analysis that would lead to recommendations. All the outcomes of the workshop will be a substantial contribution to the ESPI Report on the topic, which is expected to be published in early 2011.
Participants, from the left: Thomas Brandtner (EU Council Secretariat), Aarti Holla-Maini (ESOA), Benoist Deschamps (CEPT), Veronica La Regina (Resident Fellow at ESPI), Christine Leurquin (SES), Pertti Jauhiainen (EC - DG INFOSO), Andras Roboz (EC - DG ENTR), José Maria Casas (ESA), Maurizio Fargnoli (Telespazio), António Colaço (EC - DG TREN) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director of ESPI)
Participants invited to the workshop were coming from European institutions and industry involved in the fields of SatCom. The workshop (programme download here) started with a welcome introduction by ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl followed by a project overview by Veronica La Regina. Then, the workshop benefited from presentations and contributions by António Colaço from EC -DG TREN, Benoist De Champs from CEPT; Aarti Holla-Maini from ESOA, Christine Leurquin from SES, Yves Blanc from Eutelsat, Maurizio Fargnoli from Telespazio, Jose Maria Casas from ESA, Andras Roboz from EC DG ENTR and Thomas Brandtner from the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU. The second part of the workshop proceeded with an interactive debate amongst the participants, discussing on a preliminary SWOT Analysis, suggested by ESPI.
ESPI Resident Fellow Veronica La Regina, moderating