WHEN ?: 12 & 13 January 2016 WHERE ?: European Commission, Charlemagne Building, Brussels (Belgium) WHAT ?: 8th Edition of the High-level Conference on European Space Policy
The European space sector, which, since a long time holds a prominent place in the world, is increasingly becoming a “global player” able to respond to the growing new crucial challenges faced by our planet and its inhabitants in their daily life.
- Emergence of a new design of the space markets*: new space entrants and growing competition on the international commercial markets, new needs and demands, new types of clients requiring new business relationships: all these developments are deeply reshaping the international and, therefore, European space markets.
What should be the role of European public authorities in this evolving landscape? Which changes in their relations with industry should they prepare themselves for to ensure the future needs of the EU policies? In particular, should EU space programmes remain fully publicly owned and funded or is there potential for a particularly favourable ground for hosting this new market approach? With what new innovative funding instruments and tools?
Earth observation and remote sensing: the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), to be held in December 2015 in Paris, should highlight the key role played by satellites in the fight against climate change, in monitoring the environment and improving emergency response and security missions.
Are additional and new capacities to be further developed in the framework of the Copernicus programme to face the challenges set by the COP21?
Radio navigation and positioning: the EU has successfully started to deploy its Galileo constellation and initial services are about to be launched.
How does the EU intend to maintain an efficient infrastructure in the future? What will the infrastructure ownership model be? How could the EU support the development of advanced services and even go beyond positioning?
Big Data: Copernicus and Galileo will provide huge amounts of free and diverse data to potential users in Europe and beyond.
How does the EU intend to ensure optimal storage, dissemination and exploitation of satellite data? And how does it intend to take full advantage of this satellite data’s wealth to promote the emergence of competitive European downstream sectors and markets uptake?
Telecommunications: European industry and operators, currently among the major worldwide players, are facing new competition with new business models.
What could the EU do, in particular in terms of radio frequencies, rules and support to technology developments, to help European actors remain competitive? How can the role of Satcoms be promoted in the context of the EU initiatives “Internet everywhere” and “Internet for all”? How can the security of data be integrated in this evolving new business model?
Access to space: European actors have taken actions in December 2014 to develop new European launchers (Ariane-6 and Vega C), that will be able to respond to the needs of European institutional missions and be competitive on commercial market segments.
What role can the EU play under the new European industrial configuration?
Security & Defence: Space tools and satellites data are increasingly being recognised as being crucial for security and defence purposes.
How does the EU intend to achieve the commitment by the European Councils on Defence to strengthen the European defence industry? How can space contribute to improving civil military synergies? What could the EU’s new initiatives in these fields be? Could the mid-term review of the current Multiannual Financial Framework serve these objectives?