Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska will be at EU Space Week in Marseilles next week. On the morning of 4 December, the Commissioner will attend a live demonstration of a search and rescue operation of fishermen whose boat is lost off the French coast. This is made possible by EU space services: the Galileo Search & Rescue Service and the Copernicus Maritime Surveillance Service.
The Commissioner will also deliver a keynote speech at the plenary session of the EU Space Programme and meet with start-ups that use European space technologies. Finally, in the evening, the prize ceremony for Galileo and Copernicus Masters will take place where projects are awarded for using Galileo and Copernicus services to develop innovative business solutions. Contestants have the chance to win individual prizes of more than € 10,000 for a total value of more than € 600,000.
Supporting space entrepreneurship and user uptake is a priority for the Commission and will continue to be so in the future. More than 1000 participants are expected to attend EU Space Week targeting various aspects of the space domain: sustainable development and the environment, mobility or defence.