2009: A Powerful Ambition for the European Union

Programme and speeches of the conference that took place in Brussels on 15 & 16 October 2009

Day 1 - 15 October 2009

09.00 – 09.40 CONFERENCE OPENING

Space policy: A powerful ambition for the European Union

09.45 - 11.15 FIRST PLENARY SESSION

EGNOS/Galileo, GMES and space exploration: Governance and Responsibilities

Speakers:
  • Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Paul Weissenberg, Director, DG Entreprise, European Commission
  • Volker Liebig, Director, European Space Agency
  • Janos Toth, Chairman of the energy and transport section at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
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  • Marek Mora, Deputy Minister for European Affairs, Czech Republic
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  • Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions
  • Mario Sepi, EESC President
  • Anne E. Jensen, BUDG Committee, European Parliament

11.30 – 13.00 SECOND PLENARY SESSION

Galileo/EGNOS and GMES Programmes state of play

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14.30 - 16.00 THIRD PLENARY SESSION

The external dimension of the space authority: the example of Africa

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16.00 - 18.00 FOURTH PLENARY SESSION

Financing the space services’ applications

Speakers:
  • Fotis Karamitsos, Director, DG TREN, European Commission
  • Constantin Christofidis, Director for Innovation and Competitiveness in the Projects Directorate, European Investment Bank
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  • Rainer Horn, Managing Partner, SpaceTec Capital Partners
  • Jutta Haug, Vice-Chairwoman of the Budget Committee, European Parliament
  • Alfred Spector, Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives of Google

Day 2 - 16 October 2009

09.00 - 09.30 INTRODUCTORY SESSION

European Space programmes: applications perspectives

Speakers:
  • Matthias Ruete, Director General, DG TREN, European Commission
  • Paul Weissenberg, Directeur, DG Entreprises, European Commission
  • Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission

09.45 - 11.00 THEMATIC SESSION IN PARALLEL

Environment, Energy, Home Land Security and Agriculture

Speakers:
  • Stavros Dimas, European Commissioner in charge of Environment
  • Volker Liebig, Director, European Space Agency
  • Pedro Pedreira, Executive Director of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority
  • Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
  • Marc Tondriaux (EADS)
  • Jean-Jacques Juillet, Thalès Alenia Space
  • Dave Hodgson, DMCII
  • Marcello Maranesi (e-GEOS), Veolia

09.45 - 11.00 THEMATIC SESSION IN PARALLEL

Security and Defence

Speakers:
  • Jacques Barrot, Vice-President in charge of Justice, Freedom and Security, European Commission
  • Claude-France Arnould, Director for Defence issues, European Council
  • Norica Nicolai, Vice-Chairwoman of the SEDE sub-Committee, European Parliament
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  • Industry: Bernard Molard (EADS Astrium), Luc Frécon (Thalès Alenia Space), Fritz Merkle (OHB-System), Marco Brancati (Telespazio)
  • Adam Sowa, Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
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11.00 - 12.30 THEMATIC SESSION IN PARALLEL

Mobility, Fisheries and Transport

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11.00 - 12.30 THEMATIC SESSION IN PARALLEL

Mobility, Fisheries and Transport

Speakers:
  • Bernd Langeheine, Director for Electronic Communications, European Commission
  • Christian Kohr, expert, Innovation and Competitiveness Division, European Investment Bank
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  • Jurry de la Mar, T-Systems

12.30 - 13.15 CLOSING SESSION

Conclusions and outlook: the future role of Europe in space

Speakers:
  • Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of the European Space Agency
  • Matthias Ruete, Director-General, DG Energy and Transport, European Commission
  • Paul Weissenberg, Director Aerospace, GMES, Security and Defence, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
  • Giuseppe Viriglio, Chairman of Telespazio
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  • Johannes von Thadden, Vice President, Head Political Affairs, EADS Astrium
  • Luigi Pasquali, Vice-CEO Thales Alenia Space
  • Marco Fuchs, CEO OHB-Technology