31 May 2011. Jointly with the Sky and Space Intergroup in the European Parliament, represented by its Vice Chair MEP Vladimír Remek, ESPI today organized a workshop in Brussels incorporating the presentation of recent study results of the Institute.
Constituting a follow-up of the workshop organized on 7 December 2010 in the European Parliament, today’s half day event entitled “Public Perception and Policy Issues related to Satellite Navigation and other Space Applications”, provided the opportunity to present the recently published proceedings of the December workshop (related webnews here) as well as recent Reports on space applications (related webnews here and here). ESPI work was thus put in the context of current deliberations of the European Parliament. Foremost through the relevance it provides to the work of MEP Vladimír Remek who is currently the rapporteur for the mid-term review of Galileo. MEP Vladimír Remek expressed his appreciation regarding the studies conducted and events organized by ESPI. Other MEPs also participated for parts of the workshop including MEP Vittorio Prodi, the Chairman of the Sky and Space Intergroup and MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas.
During the workshop
The workshop was comprised of three panels. Each panel was introduced by summary of ESPI Report. The first two were introduced by Christina Giannopapa and the third by Veronica La Regina. The panels were preceded by a review of the results of the 7 December 2010 workshop (complete presentation download here).
The first panel covered “Public Perception and International Aspects of GNSS”, the second panel dealt with “Public Perception and International Aspects of GMES” and the third panel looked at “SatCom Policy Issues for Europe”. All panels were composed of the key stakeholders in the respective issue areas. Particularly to mention is the participation of the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency Carlo des Dorides. It was also remarked that the most prominent institutions were represented, in particular for the GMES panel represented by various General Directorates of the European Commission (ENTR, ECHO, RTD), ESA and Eumetsat. Users and industry were represented by NEREUS and ISI (Integrated SatCom Initiative).
Panel on “Public Perception and International Aspects of GNSS” with (from left): Michel Bosco (EC DG ENTR), Carlo des Dorides (Executive Director GSA), Christina Giannopapa (Resident Fellow ESPI), Vladimír Remek (MEP), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director ESPI), Roya Ayazi (Secretary General, NEREUS)
Panel on “Perception and International Aspects of GMES” with (from left): Gilles Ollier (EC DG RTD), Richard Francis (EUMETSAT), Josef Aschbacher (ESA), Christina Giannopapa (Resident Fellow ESPI), Vladimír Remek (MEP), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director ESPI), Mauro Facchini (EC DG ENTR), Soleil Beaulieu (EC DG ECHO)
Panel on “SatCom Policy Issues for Europe” with (from left): Frank Zeppenfeld (ESA), Andrew Houghton (EC DG INFSO), Veronica La Regina (Resident Fellow ESPI), Vladimír Remek (MEP), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director ESPI), Laurent Thomasson (ISI Platform)
The workshop was attended by almost 70 participants, demonstrating the relevance of the topics dealt with and the attraction, ESPI events now have in Brussels, specifically in the European Parliament. The workshop was organized by the ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa in close cooperation with the office of MEP Remek, in particular Dagmar Švendová and Petr Voldán. MEP Remek, who moderated the workshop together with ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, stressed in his closing remarks again the value of this event as well as the Institute’s products as competent and neutral sources.
MEP Vladimír Remek, Vice Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup in the European Parliament (centre) with ESPI’s (from left) Veronica La Regina and Christina Giannopapa (Resident Fellows), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director) and Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi (Associate Fellow, representing ESPI in Brussels).
Related webnews: - 30 May 2011: ESPI Report 34 on “The Less Known, but Crucial Elements of the European Space Flagship Programmes: Public Perception and International Aspects of Galileo/EGNOS and GMES” online - 30 May 2011: ESPI Report 33 with workshop proceedings on Galileo/EGNOS and GMES online - 26 May 2011: ESPI Report 32 on “SatCom Policy in Europe” online - 7 December 2010: ESPI organises workshop on GMES and Galileo at the European Parliament in coordination with its ITRE committee