21 September 2009. At a highly visited study presentation in Brussels, ESPI informed about analyses and recommendations contained in reports on space and internal security and the economic effects of space legislation.
Meeting with particular interest, today’s study presentation of ESPI at the Austrian Permanent Representation in Brussels (invitation here), focused on two topics of particular timeliness and importance. ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß outlined the results and recommendations of the study “Internal Security and Space – Developing a Concept for Europe” (presentation here). The study deals with the role of space applications and Europe’s options in the context of providing internal security. It identifies the main actors and their mission areas as to give an overview of the existing institutional set-up and possible gaps and areas for improvements. Thereby it offers a comprehensive status report on the use of space applications for the provision of internal security and proposes the development of an all-encompassing concept to the provision of internal security.
ESPI Project Manager Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi then presented the main results and recommendations of the study “Economic and Political Aspects of Space Regulations in Europe. Part 1: The Case of National Space Legislation – Finding the Way Between Common and Coordinated Action” (presentation here). This study responds to the need for the creation of a European framework for space regulations. This framework has to provide coherence and competitiveness to the European commercial space sector. The study encourages action at member state level towards the creation of institutional structures such as an agency and the adoption of common licensing procedures together with a commercially friendly liability scheme. The study highlights the role of space activities in the context of economic growth and competitiveness and maps a range of legal and institutional means to create an effective framework.
ESPI staff, conducting the presentation, with high ranking guests: (from right) Thomas Brandtner, Nina-Louisa Remuß, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, Sylvia Kainz-Huber, Richard Buennecke, Tanja Masson-Zwaan, Kai-Uwe Schrogl
More than 40 persons attended the study presentation, among them – as the keynote speaker -Thomas Brandtner (Head of Unit in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union DGC II A Competitiveness, Lisbon Strategy and Industry), Frank Asbeck (Director of the European Union Satellite Centre, EUSC), Richard Buennecke (Deputy Director for Space Policy in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the U.S. State Department), Tanja Masson-Zwaan (President of the International Institute of Space Law, IISL), Jiri Burianek (Director in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union) and Erwin Duhamel (Head, ESA Security Office)