The elections of the new European Parliament on 23rd-26th of May 2019 occurred in a general context of rapid evolution in regards of the global space institutional landscape. Although space affairs were not at the forefront of electoral debates, the European Parliament nonetheless holds a growing role in shaping the European space policy framework.
The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL), and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) invite students and young professionals worldwide to submit a paper on “Protection of cultural heritage sites on the Moon".
Building on the fruitful outcomes of the 1st Inter-Regional Space Policy Dialogue between Europe and the Asia-Pacific held in June 2018 and with the aim to promote further understanding of national space policies in both regions, the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) and the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) have partnered in the joint organisation of the 2nd Inter-Regional Space Policy Dialogue.
ESPInsights is a quarterly publication providing the reader with a synthetic overview of major developments in the global space sector on the covered period and embeds useful links to official documents, public reports, web articles or conference websites for further details on the topic.
The Defence Satellites 2019 Conference was organised on May 15th and 16th in Munich, Germany. ESPI Director Jean-Jacques Tortora gave a presentation on the future of European space policies. He outlined European specificities as well as the characteristics of the evolving international context and concluded with the need for Europe to develop sectoral space policies rather than a single overarching policy.
On 13th of May, the Director of ESPI was invited to give a lecture at the Prague Security Studies Institute (Czech Republic). The title was “The European Space Policy in a global context” and he put in a historic perspective the development of the European activities in Space, highlighting the upcoming challenges to be taken up by both European institutions and industry.
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