By: Veronika Ruskova
The Space Policy Symposium, held by the Norwegian Space Agency and the European Space Policy Institute, explored the theme of the “Future(s) of European Space Cooperation” on January 31st in Oslo, Norway.
Throughout the day, keynote speeches were given by Christian Hauglie-Hanssen of the Norwegian Space Agency, MoP Lene Westgaard-Halle, and Hermann-Ludwig Moeller, Director of the European Space Policy Institute.
The first panel of the Space Policy Symposium, titled “Non-EU European states and their role in European cooperation in space,” explored the future of European space cooperation between non-EU and EU states. The panelists discussed the concept of open strategic autonomy and the role of non-EU states in the cooperation. They also examined the challenges and opportunities for cooperation between ESA-EU and the participation of non-EU states in ESA programs funded by the EU. The discussion also touched upon the commercial prospects of space cooperation, including investment, acquisitions, and joint ventures, and their role in pan-European space cooperation. The panelists focused on concrete examples of how non-EU states can contribute to wider European ambitions in the Arctic, maritime surveillance, climate, connectivity, and other contexts. The panelists emphasized the importance of shaping and implementing shared values, ambitions, and objectives in future European space cooperation mechanisms. Matija Rencelj, Research Manager at the European Space Policy Institute, moderated the panel.