24 May 2011. Jana Kalvodová, Vice Minister in the Czech Republic’s Transport Ministry, responsible for the country’s space activities, visited ESPI to discuss key space-related issues for Europe.
Under the recently adopted organisation of space activities in the Czech Republic, the Transport Ministry assumes the leading coordination role in the national government. Vice Minister Jana Kalvodová holds the main responsibility for this portfolio. Today, Ms. Kalvodová, accompanied by Government Commissioner Karel Dobeš, visited ESPI to discuss various issues of interest in the field of space policy, including integrated applications. The Institute manages an Ambassador Platform for the Central and Easter European region. In June of this year, Vice Minister Kalvodová will serve as the closing luncheon speaker at the Transatlantic Space Security Conference in Prague. The conference is co-organised by ESPI and the Prague Security Studies Institute (see related webnews here). In November, ESPI will participate in the Prague 2011 GNSS Applications Summit, where the Institute’s Director will also sit on the programme committee. These events demonstrate the close connection of the Institute with the Czech Republic, which – as the most recent Member State of ESA and the seat of the GNSS Supervisory Authority – is emerging as an ambitious actor in European space affairs.
Vice Minister Jana Kalvodová (centre) and Commissioner Karel Dobeš (right) with (from left) ESPI’s Erich Klock, Jana Robinson and Kai-Uwe Schrogl
- 27 April 2011. ESPI and PSSI will convene a prominent transatlantic conference on space security