26 February 2008. High-ranking representatives of the Czech 2008 presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) and first half of 2009 EU-Presidency visited ESPI today to detail the institute’s support in space matters.
The Czech Republic holds the presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) during the year 2008 following the presidency of Italy in 2007 (information here). During 2008, the Czech Republic will host two workshops and the full meeting of EISC. Central topics of this year’s presidency will be the European application programmes Galileo and GMES and industrial policy with special regard to small and medium sized enterprises. Special focus will also be laid on the interests of new EU member States. The Czech Republic will furthermore hold the EU-Presidency in the first half of 2009 and prepares a space agenda for that period. ESPI was asked to support the Czech Republic in both their EISC- and EU-Presidency.
Visiting ESPI, a delegation composed of the Deputy Minister for Transport Petr Slegr, the Government Commissioner for the Candidature of the Czech Republic for the Location of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority Karel Dobes, the Head of the Strategy Department in the Ministry for Transportation Bohumil Jirkal and the Director General for EU Affairs in the Foreign Ministry Libor Secka discussed the support, ESPI will provide during this and next year with ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and research fellows Pierre-Henri Pisani and Charlotte Mathieu. ESPI is particularly suited to act as a provider of independent input and services to EISC and the Czech EU-Presidency. Its European scope and approach as well as its expertise in the aspects of European space policy make it a natural partner for EISC. Kai-Uwe Schrogl will already be involved as a round-table moderator at the first workshop on Galileo and GMES taking place on 28 March 2008 in Prague.
From left to right: Head of Department Bohumil Jirkal, ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Deputy Minister Petr Slegr, Government Commissioner Karel Dobes and Director General Libor Secka