28 May 2009. Applying a pioneering approach, ESPI today held a conference in Vienna on the use of space for improving internal security in Europe.
While the contributions of space applications to security are increasingly being recognised, the use of space for internal security, understood to comprise the handling of civilian threats and terrorism, are still neglected. Corresponding questions concerning an institutional set-up, future system requirements and the interface to defence related aspects of security have still to be approached. Moreover, there is a general lack of awareness of the potential that space holds for internal security.
During the workshop (programme here) invited experts from critical mission areas ranging from critical infrastructure, port and maritime security, the transportation sector, the field of border control discussed current projects both at the EU and the national level and indicated future needs. Experts from critical mission areas have been paired with experts from the space field, thereby initiating a dialogue between space community and internal security community. This approach allowed for distinguishing the needs and identifying the respective answers by space. Through the systematic approach applied and the fruitful discussions among more than thirty high-ranking participants, the workshop aimed at developing a comprehensive concept for the use of space assets to assure a secure Europe.
This workshop was part of an on-going ESPI project on space and internal security, led by ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß, who also moderated the conference and was joined in guiding the discussions during the concluding round table by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl. Particularly, it contributed to the development of a European concept for internal security and space and helped identifying future needs. The report is planned to be available by the beginning of August and will contain a thorough analysis of the existing measures at both the European and national level, as well as the actors involved. Contrasting these existing European projects with the U.S. approach to the subject matter, made the formulation of specific recommendations for Europe possible.
That such recommendations are needed was made clear in the keynote address, held by the Head of Unit Competitiveness, Industry, Space Policy at DG C II in the General Secretariat of the Council of the EU, Thomas Brandtner, who – on behalf of his Director General Klaus Gretschmann – explicitly welcomed ESPI’s initiative to hold this workshop and prepare the according study in order to stimulate the authorities responsible for internal security to be more active in promoting the role of space applications.
The workshop was held under the auspices of the EU Council Presidency of the Czech Republic, thus demonstrating the relevance of the issue and the acknowledgement of ESPI’s role as a driver and platform for policy-making on the European level.
From left: Giovanni Cannizzaro (Telespazio), Erwin Duhamel (Head Strategic Security and Partnerships European Space Agency),
Alfredo Roma (Member of ESPI Advisory Board and Consultant for the Aerospace Industry) ,
Aurélie Bressollette (EADS Astrium), Alessandra Ussorio (European Union Satellite Centre), Thomas Brandtner (Head of Unit DG C II, Competitiveness, Lisbon Strategy, Industrial Policy, General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union),
Mari Kalliala (Head, Analytical Planning Section, Risk Analysis Unit FRONTEX ), Nina-Louisa Remuß (ESPI Project Manager) ,
Bruno Gagnou (Sales Director Business Unit Navigation ThalesAlenia Space), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI Director),
Petr Havlik (Head Czech EU Council Presidency Team, UN, UNODC, UNIDO), Bernard Molard (Eurospace - Chairman, Security and Defence Workgroup), Marcelo Masera (Joint Research Centre)
Thematic speakers, from left: Alessandra Ussorio, Marcelo Masera, Aurélie Bressollette,
Mari Kalliala with Nina-Louisa Remuß moderating
Roundtable discussion, from left: Nina-Louisa Remuß, Thomas Brandtner, Bernard Molard,
Erwin Duhamel, Alfredo Roma, Kai-Uwe Schrogl