27 September 2007. In its recently published annual report for foreign policy, the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (BMEIA) acknowledges the role of ESPI within the recent Austrian EU-Presidency.
The report highlights the decisive contribution to the success of the GMES Graz Dialogue Conference (Graz 19-20 April 2006). This event constituted a major initiative of the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) for the Austrian EU-Presidency in the first half of 2006. The excerpt of the BMEIA Report (in German) can be
The BMVIT -as lead Ministry for Space activities- had entrusted ESPI with the overall programmatic responsibility for the Graz Conference. More than 200 participants gathered in Graz from Ministries, Space Agencies, European Institutions, Industry and Users illustrating the quality and variety of ESPI´s network. The Graz Declaration endorsed by the EU Competitiveness Council
(15 May 2006) is a key element which also paved the way for the German EU-Presidency’s “Munich Roadmap” on GMES. This networking ability of ESPI, now expanding with ESPRAN (European Space Policy Research and Academic Network), is available for any further activities.