26 October 2010. The XIIth Plenary of EISC was convened in Bucharest under the chairmanship of Liana Dumitrescu, MP, and supported by ESPI.
In its capacity as the supporting institution of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), ESPI, for the second time (pursuant to the 2009 chairmanship of the United Kingdom -- related webnews here), provided assistance to the current presidency of this unique forum for space groups in national parliaments. ESPI’s tasks, conducted by Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa, included support to the presidency concerning programme configuration, logistics and maintaining of the EISC website, as well as inputs on the preparation of the draft resolution.
Under the dynamic leadership of MP Liana Dumitrescu, Chairperson of the Subcommittee for Space in the Chamber of Deputies in the Parliament of Romania, EISC discussed topics of relevance to the European Space Policy. It also initiated a debate on a new, stronger role of EISC in the context of the parallel competence for space under the Lisbon Treaty. Liana Dumitrescu observed that it was EISC’s aspiration to act as a Parliamentary Assembly for the European Space Policy.
XIIth Plenary of EISC in session
Chairperson Liana Dumitrescu (right) with ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa
ESPI’s support for the conference proceedings was praised by the Chairperson as well as by the delegations. This conference represented additional assistance provided to the Romanian chairmanship in the preparation and conduct of a preparatory workshop on 17 May 2010 in Bucharest (related webnews here). ESPI also had an opportunity to present its own research results to the members of the national parliaments assembled in Bucharest for the Plenary. ESPI Resident Fellows Christina Giannopapa and Jana Robinson reported about their work on the issues of Key Enabling Technologies (download presentation here) and Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (download presentation here), respectively. ESPI’s Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl moderated one of the three thematic sessions of the Plenary.
Germany will hold the 2011 chairmanship of EISC and ESPI has also been invited to provide its support to this upcoming presidency. All presentations of the Bucharest Plenary will be available on the EISC website. Christina Giannopapa is also working with Liana Dumitrescu on the immediate dissemination of the EISC Plenary results at the space policy conference which takes place on 27 October 2010 in Brussels.
Chairperson Liana Dumitrescu giving her opening remarks
Speakers of the three panels (from left): Tanja Masson-Zwaan (President, International Institute of Space Law), Jean-Claude Worms (Head of Space Sciences Unit, European Science Foundation), Jana Robinson (Resident Fellow, ESPI), Amnon Ginati (Head of Integrated and Telecommunications related Applications Department, ESA), Kai-Uwe Schrogl (Director, ESPI), Liana Dumitrescu (MP, Chairperson of EISC, Chairperson of the Subcommittee for Space), Hans de With (Market Development Officer, European GNSS Supervisory Authority), Marius-Ioan Piso (President and CEO, Romanian Space Agency), Christina Giannopapa (Resident Fellow, ESPI) and Senator Pozzo di Borgo (Rapporteur, Technological and Aerospace Committee, European Security and Defence Assembly)