7 December 2010. Today ESPI held a workshop in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels analysing public perception and international relations aspects of the two flagship programmes GMES and Galileo.
The workshop “Less Known Elements of the Space Flagship Programmes: Public Perception and International Aspects” (programme download here) brought together main stakeholders in the fields of satellite Earth observation and navigation in order to discuss aspects of relevance to the political decision-makers. Introduced by statements of MEPs Norbert Glante (rapporteur for the recent GMES regulation) and Vladimir Remek (rapporteur for Galileo) the speech was delivered by Petr Voldan), the workshop saw presentations and panel discussions with representatives from EC, ESA, European GNSS Agency.
The presentations and discussions touched upon the increasingly important role of public perception (of the general public as well s the decision makers) in times of finding strong rationales and commitment to the financing and organizing the two flagships. Likewise the flagships have a large potential to support European foreign policy objectives on the global level (for environment, resources, mobility or security) and for bilateral relations. Issues related to these questions have been deliberated at the workshop and will find their reflection in an ESPI Report.
The workshop had been organised by ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa, who is leading the respective study and is preparing the according ESPI Report to be available early next year. The workshop was organized in close cooperation with the offices of MEPs Remek and Glante, who showed particular interest in having ESPI undertaken this activity. The workshop was co-moderated by ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Gai Oren from the Secretariat of the ITRE Committee (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy) of the European Parliament. The cooperation with the ITRE Secretariat of the EP demonstrates the interest in ESPI’s work by the policy decision-making establishment.
Additional meetings of Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Christina Giannopapa were held with MEP Herbert Reul, Chairman of ITRE and MEP Vittorio Prodi, Chairman of the Sky and Space Intergroup in EP.
First workshop panel with (from left): Jérôme Béquignon (ESA), Christina Giannopapa (ESPI), Petr Voldan (representing MEP Vladimir Remek), MEP Norbert Glante, Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI), Gai Oren (Secretariat ITRE Committee), Gian Gherardo Calini (GSA), Josef Aschbacher (ESA), Marie Ménard-Caër (EC)
Second workshop panel with (from left): Jérôme Béquignon (ESA), Christina Giannopapa (ESPI), Petr Voldan (representing MEP Vladimir Remek), Henning Schuechner (representing MEP Norbert Glante), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (ESPI), Jean-Yves Roger (EC), Gilles Ollier (EC)
MEP Norbert Glante (rapporteur for the recent GMES regulation) receiving the ESPI publication “Threats, Risks and Sustainability – Answers by Space” with ESPI’s Kai-Uwe Schrogl
MEP Remek (left) who had to be represented at the workshop at an ESPI event in July 2010 with ESPI's Christina Giannopapa and Kai-Uwe Schrogl