This year Belgium is hosting the Presidency of the 20th European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), under the Co-Chairmanship of Senators Ms. Christie Morreale and Mr. Yves Evrard. The Plenary Session of the Conference will take place in Brussels from 15 to 16 October 2018, with the theme ““Big data: development of value-added downstream services and applications”.


Following his participation in the September 24th hearing organised by the European Parliament on the consequences of Brexit on the EU 27 Space Policy, ESPI director was interviewed by the "Research Europe” publication. The article issued as an outcome of this interview can be consulted on page 6 of the “Brexit Flight Path” special edition of the review.


On September 17th ESPI Director was invited to moderate a session on "The EU Investment in Space after 2020: Towards a New Narrative Strengthening Europe’s Industrial Leadership and Strategic Autonomy in Space?” in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was co-organised by the "Long-Term investment" and "Sky & Space” Intergroups of the European Parliament. 


The Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union with the support of the European Commission organises in Graz Styria, Austria on 5-6 November a high-level Space conference. It will address the opportunities and issues regarding the further development of the European Space Policy.


Experts routinely caution governments and operators about the rising threats to space infrastructure security, underlining that space is increasingly congested and contested, which poses an intensifying challenge to safely deploying, operating and exploiting space assets. In this context, the growing socio-economic and strategic importance of the European space infrastructure raises new stakes concerning its protection from harm.


On September 3rd, ESPI Director gave a lecture at the 27th ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy which took place in Helsinki. The theme of his presentation was about “Developments of Global Space Markets and Consequences on the European Space Policy”.


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