Space policy, called ‘European Policy’ in the Lisbon Treaty, will form the subject of this Conference, arranged at the heart of the European Parliament by the Parliament’s ‘Sky and Space’ Intergroup and Business Bridge Europe. This major industrial and political occasion will give all those involved - top-ranking political and industrial decision-makers, researchers and civil society - a unique opportunity over the two days to debate the needs, opportunities and expectations that space means for the EU.<br/><br/>www.spaceconference.eu
The changes brought about by the 2010 implementation of the Lisbon Treaty justified organising the event at the European Parliament itself, in order particularly to emphasise the increased importance of this institution in the European decision-making process and in devising a European space policy.
Furthermore, this conference will go beyond a mere review of the main European space programmes, GMES and Galileo. It will seek to raise questions about future developments in European space policy, and to start up a debate on the issues raised. Two particular areas of capital and crucial importance for the future will be discussed during the first day of the debates (26 October):
• The evolution of European space policy from a facilitatory role into a fully-fledged industrial policy.
• The question of new governance to meet the Lisbon Treaty, coupled with financing to meet the goals set by the EU in this domain, which is vital to its economic, social and environmental future.
Three principal areas for the application of spatial infrastructure will then be addressed during the second day, which will be dedicated to applications of space programmes :
• Security and defence,
• Climate, the environment and monitoring of the planet, • Applications at the service of civil society. The conference will end with a session dedicated to space exploration
There will be eight plenary sessions in all over the two days, which will bring together top-level political decision-makers, space and applications industries, researchers and representatives of civil society. The sessions will hand over much of the debate to the floor, and will provide an unusual setting to start up a wide-ranging debate on the future of space in Europe, and of the players in this field.