23 May 2011. For the first time, the leaders of the European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup and the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) met in a formal setting in Brussels with ESPI having initiated and organised this ground breaking event.
The Chairman of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), Klaus-Peter Willsch, Member of the German Parliament, visited Brussels to meet the Chairman of the Sky and Space Intergroup of the European Parliament, Vittorio Prodi, MEP, together with his vice chairs Jacqueline Foster, MEP and Potito Salatto, MEP as well as representatives from the offices of Vladimir Remek, MEP and Dominique Baudis, MEP. It was the first formal meeting between the leaders of the two groups, representing the Member States’ Parliaments on the one hand and the European Parliament on the other hand. The meeting was initiated and organised by ESPI, which is supporting both groups and cooperates in various occasions with them. ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa led this activity, making the Institute a driver for inter-parliamentary cooperation and coordination.
The meeting demonstrated the strong support for the European space effort on both sides and an urgent desire to make in particular the two space flagship projects Galileo and GMES a success. A concrete step was agreed, in inviting MEP Prodi to participate in the upcoming EISC plenary conference in October 2011 in Berlin.
The Chairman of EISC, Klaus-Peter Willsch, MP (right) and the Chairman of the Sky and Space Intergroup in the European Parliament, Vittorio Prodi, MEP (third from left) as well as the Vice Chair of the Intergroup Jacqueline Foster, MEP (second from left) with ESPI’s Christina Giannopapa (fourth from right) and Kai-Uwe Schrogl (second from right).