The Parliament Magazine (n. 340, 19 December 2011) featured three articles on space policy with contributions from EC Vice-President for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani as well as ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain.
In the first article ("Watch this space") VP Tajani reflects on the outcome of the 4th Space Policy Conference held at the hemicycle of the European Parliament on 8-9 November 2011. According to Tajani "The sessions highlighted the fact that space applications and technologies have become indispensable for our citizens, our economy and our society".
On a second article ("Declaration of intent") VP Tajani and DG Dordain report on the Third International Conference on Space Exploration held in Lucca (Italy) on 10th November. Attendants to the Conference came from 28 governments worldwide to endorse the so-called Lucca Declaration, a historic milestone for political cooperation at a global level in space exploration.
In a third article ("Reaping the benefits"), DG Dordain expresses his views on the current uncertainties regarding the funding of the GMES programme.