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Τρίτη, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2018

10th Annual Conference on European Space Policy: "Μore Space for more Europe" - Europe has the second largest budget for space in the world

Letta Kalamara

"Europe has the second largest budget for space in the world. Our technology and expertise make us a heavyweight on global space markets." Vice-President  of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said at the 10th Conference on European Space Policy, which was initiated and organised by Business Bridge Europe. The message of this conference is "More Space for more Europe." During the conference, the European Commission debates with decision makers, CEOs, scientists and civil society how EU space policy and related EU space programs Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS can contribute further to EU priorities such as a Europe that protects and defends, a strong industrial base that generates economic growth, a connected society and economy, safe and sustainable mobility, air quality and climate policy.  

Vice President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SMEs Ezibiet Bienkowska opened the conference. As Mogherini said "since I last came to this conference, one year ago, we have already achieved impressive results. Just before I joined you, we signed a new agreement between the European Space Agency and the EU Satellite Centre. The Satellite Centre, working under my responsibility, contributes to shaping the European Union’s foreign and security policy. And I can tell you that I see in my daily life, my daily work, how much this work is crucial to shaping our foreign and security and defense policy". 

Vice President continued "This is not a luxury toy. It is essential to...

our own security and to our policy making, for us Europeans and that of our partners. Since last January, both Copernicus and Galileo have made impressive progress. Twenty-two Galileo satellites have already been launched – four last year, and four more are to come this year. Not only can our smart phones connect to Europe’s Global Navigation System, we finally have a European encrypted navigation service, the Galileo Public Regulated Service. And we must also conclude our negotiations with partners such as the United States or Norway, who are also keen to access Galileo’s services.The same goes for Copernicus, and we have seen it very practically over the last year. Let me make just one recent example. When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, we immediately mobilised Copernicus in support of all the people in need. Copernicus has probably the best rapid mapping system in the world.Galileo and Copernicus contribute to making us a global security provider. We need our own Space Surveillance and Tracking systems, because we cannot simply rely only on US data.Space markets are truly global by nature – and we must make sure that competition remains free and fair. And that we keep investing at the same time in our own European autonomy, keeping our European cooperative approach. being an autonomous, but at the same time cooperative space power. And we will continue to invest in a cooperative governance of all space issues.This is and will continue to be our approach, both at the International Space Exploration Forum in Tokyo in March, and at the meeting of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space in Vienna next June.Space is a global common, and it requires global rules. It is something we all share, and we all have a responsibility towards it. Space is a responsibility, as well as a dream and an ambition". 

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