prague.jpg 28 June 2008. ESPI was invited for the second workshop of the Czech presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) to moderate again the panel discussion with politicians and representatives of the space community.

Following the successful conduct of its first workshop on space applications of 28 March 2008(see related webnews here ) the Czech presidency of EISC hosted its second workshop on 28 June 2008 at Prague. The focus of this workshop were the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)with a particular view on the new EU member countries.

The programme (download here) consisted of policy statements by the Czech presidency of EISC, presentations by relevant activities of ESA (Jörg Wehner)and the EU (Andras Robos)as well as views from governments (Ingolf Schädler from Austria)and industry (Klaus-Peter Ludwig from EADS and Roman Srp from the Czech Transport Telematics Association). The closing panel, which was moderated by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, dealt with a number of policy aspects (see the introductory questions here). The preparation of ESPI's participation had been supported by ESPI Senior Research Fellow Pierre-Henri Pisani and ESPI's Treasurer Michel Jakob, who also participated in the event and in addition to that represented ESPI in the preparatory committee for the Galileo User Forum, a Czech initiative arising from its EISC chairmanship.

Participants in the EISC panel at Prague, like the Belgian Senator Rolands de Viviers and the UK Member of Parliament Nigel Evans stressed the need to attract the attention and raise the awareness of politicians of the role SMEs play in space. MP Evans will for that purpose launch a parliamentary request to his government, based on the discussions at Prague. Other questions discussed were the interaction and interrelation of the SME policies of ESA and EU and the ways the Euopean SMEs could organize themselves.

Following these two workshops, the Czech presidency of EISC will hold the plenary meeting on 13 October 2008 in Prague. 



Panel at the workshop, which took place in the premises of the
Czech Parliament, with ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl as moderator








photo credits: EISC, ESPI

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