From 02 to 04 October 2016, ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora and ESPI Resident Fellow Matteo Tugnoli participated to the XVIII EISC Plenary Session, held at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. The topic of the XVIII European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), chosen by the Romanian Presidency, was “Space Security”, encompassing both security in space and security from space. The October Plenary Session was kick-started by introductory speeches from the XVIII EISC Chairperson, Mr. Valerian Vreme, MP, and from Marius-Ioan Piso, President of ROSA. They were followed by welcoming remarks from representatives of the Romanian government and institutions, including the Minister of Communications and for Information Society, Ms. Popescu. Following this, the Conference continued with four thematic sessions. The first was dedicated to the road towards an European Space Strategy, with a keynote speech given by the ESA Director General, Johann-Dietrich Woerner, and further presentations by Mr. Morsillo of ASD-Eurospace and Mr. Counet of EUMETSAT.
Before lunch, the Award of the EISC-ESA “Space for Sustainability” ceremony took place. Mr. Eric Herrerro from Spain won the first prize with a project on “Satellite prediction of illegal wildlife trafficking routes”, while Ms. Letizia (Italy) and Mr. Lazar (Romania) won a special mention of the jury. In the afternoon, the second session, titled “Space and Security for Europe” was introduced d by a keynote speech from Mr. St-Pierre (UNOOSA), followed by interventions from representatives of NATO (Mr. Alatulu), ESA (Mr. Moeller), EEAS (Mr. Martins) and EDA (Mr. Di Domizio). Lastly, Matteo Tugnoli (ESPI) presented the EUISS study “Space security for Europe” on behalf of its authors, Mr. Pellegrino and Mr. Stang. The third session envisioned a roundtable between Head of Agencies and Delegations, and finally the fourth session was dedicated to interventions from representatives of the space industry.
- The first day of the Plenary was then concluded a wrap-up given by the ESPI Director, Mr. Tortora and a tour of the Palace of Parliament.
- On the second day, the closed session between EISC Full Members parliamentarians took place, during which was discussed and approved the request of Norway to become the 12th Member of the EISC. Further debate revolved around the future presidencies of the EISC, and was concluded with the approval of the final Resolution.
The overall conference was well attended, with parliamentarian delegations from France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Estonia and Romania.
Further information and documentation on the XVIII EISC Plenary can be found at: www.eisc-europa.eu