30 November 2009. Space and maritime security was the theme of a joint workshop by ESPI and the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy (AIES), held at Vienna, focussing in particular on the issue of piracy.
Emanating from her work on space and internal security (related webnews here), ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß initiated this workshop dealing with an issue of high political as well as public concern: the fight against piracy, and the contribution of space in this endeavor. ESPI for the first time partnered for this event with the also Vienna-based think tank AIES (Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy), which has special expertise in security matters related to Europe.
The EU ATALANTA NAVFOR mission in the high seas off East Africa demonstrated the reliance of the European forces on satellite data provided by the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC). This raises the issue of how to reflect the need for a systematic use of satellite based information gathering for a European strategy on maritime security.
This workshop therefore addressed the technological capabilities in this field, the industrial approaches and the political framework conditions (programme download here). Experts from these fields entered into a dialogue on how to shape a respective strategy. Through this, the representatives from the security policy domain interacted with the space community in defining perspectives for an optimum use of space applications for maritime security.
In his keynote speech, the Vice President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Judge Helmut Türk, outlined the threat posed by piracy and assessed the international legal framework (as well as the national legal frameworks) with regard to the remaining challenges. Following this setting of the scene, experts from European institutions, research institutions, space companies and think tanks discussed the issues at stake, culminating in a roundtable, chaired by ESPI's Nina-Louisa Remuß and AIES' Director Franco Algieri, who both also shared in the moderation of the workshop.
In their introductory and concluding remarks, AIES' President Werner Fasslabend and ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl were not only able to highlight the progress, which was made in identifying elements for a strategy to use space applications for a European strategy in the field of piracy and maritime security but they also were able to state that the dialogue jointly initiated by the security policy think tank AIES and the space policy think tank ESPI was successful in bringing the two communities together for reaching a joint goal. The results of this workshop will be further communicated in a joint conference report and in an in-depth ESPI Report on space and maritime security prepared by Nina-Louisa Remuß by spring 2010.
From left: Michael Doczy (EU Council Secretariat), Franco Algieri (Director of Research, AIES), Nina-Louisa Remuß (Conference Organiser, Project Manager, ESPI), Werner Fasslabend (President, AIES), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director, ESPI), Arnold Kammel (Conference Organiser, Secretary General, AIES) and Judge Helmut Türk(Vice President, International Tribunal for Law of the Sea)
Panel moderated by Nina-Louisa Remuß (center) with (from left): Patricia Romeyro Mascarenhas (European Union Satellite Centre), Rüdiger Koppe (EADS Astrium), Judge Helmut Türk and Franco Algieri
Audience during the keynote address by Judge Helmut Türk