29 October 2009. The Advisory Council and the General Assembly of ESPI adopted during their autumn sessions the 2010 Workplan of the Institute containing a broad spectrum of highly relevant topics in space policy.
The autumn sessions of ESPI’s Advisory Council (18 September 2009) and General Assembly (29 October 2009) reviewed the whole spectrum of ESPI’s activities. The breadth of the Institute’s work, its products as well as its expanding activities and reputation, were recognised. The staff was commended for its thorough research, precise analysis, useful recommendations but also for its high dedication and imagination. ESPI Reports, Perspectives, the two book series, conferences, workshops, roundtables as well as the assignments to run and respectively support ESPRAN (European Space Policy Research and Academic Network) and EISC (European Interparliamentary Space Conference) were regarded by the two organs as the successful key to the high recognition of ESPI.
Thoroughly discussed by the Advisory Council and adopted by the General Assembly, the ESPI Workplan 2010 will again provide opportunities for the Institute to come up with pioneering analysis and apt recommendations. The main topics will be Transparency and Confidence Building Measures in space, the European role in GEO/GEOSS, satellite telecommunications as part of the European Space Policy, European autonomy in space, a framework for international cooperation and cooperation with Africa. The latter project will be conducted in close cooperation with Eurisy and the EU Council Presidencies of 2010. These projects will see workshops or conferences as part of their execution leading to studies in the series ESPI Reports. Further activities, like the ESPI/ESPRAN Autumn Conference or publications in the book series, will complete a year 2010, which will throughout be under the impression to reflect on the question of how space can support overcoming the economic crisis. A main focus for ESPI will in this context be to build up close links to the new European Parliament as well as to the incoming new European Commission continuing to be a partner providing useful insights and advise.
ESPI Advisory Council at its meeting of 18 September 2009.
From right: Blandina Baranes (ESPI), Jan-Baldem Mennicken, Frances Brown, Alfredo Roma, Geraldine Naja, Stefan Nonneman, Ulrike Landfester, Alvaro Azcárraga, Nina-Louisa Remuß (ESPI), Herbert Allgeier, Leen Hordijk, Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi (ESPI), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI)