2017: Space Strategy for Europe: the road ahead

Programme and speeches of the conference that took place in Brussels on 24 & 25 January 2017

Initiative under the high Patronage of:
  • the European Parliament;
  • the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker;
  • the Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Kingdom of Belgium, Didier Reynders.

Day 1 - Tuesday 24 January 2017

09:00 – 09:45 WELCOME MESSAGE

  • Antonio Tajani, President, European Parliament
  • Chris Agius, Parliamentary Secretary for Research, Innovation, Youth and Sport of Malta
  • Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
  • Jerzy Buzek, Chair, ITRE Committee, European Parliament
  • Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, European Space Agency
  • Jean-Loïc Galle, President, Eurospace

09:45 – 11:00 FIRST SESSION

New EU Space Strategy and New Space: crucial stake of competitiveness

Is the global vision for Space (EU space strategy and ESA CMIN) a decisive step to reach the two main political objectives: European autonomy and reinforced competitiveness of the European industry

Q&A Debate with:
  • Clare Moody, MEP, European Parliament
  • Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, EIB
  • Nicolas Chamussy, Executive Vice-President, Head of Space Systems, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Alain Charmeau, CEO, Airbus Safran Launchers
  • Marco R. Fuchs, CEO, OHB
  • Luigi Pasquali, CEO, Telespazio
  • Alain Ratier, Director-General, Eumetsat

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 SECOND SESSION

Space services integration in a European connected society and economy

How will the space services be active for the modernisation of the European society

Q&A Debate with:
  • Marian-Jean Marinescu, MEP, TRAN Committee, European Parliament
  • Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, MEP, European Parliament
  • Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State, Polish Ministry of Economic Development
  • Lowri Evans, Director-General, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Paul Verhoef, ESA - Director of NAV
  • Rodolphe Belmer, CEO, Eutelsat
  • Evert Dudok, Executive Vice-President, Head of CIS, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Jean-Loïc Galle, President & CEO, Thales Alenia Space
  • Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch (Palais d'Egmont)

14:30 – 16:00 THIRD SESSION

European space policy as a tool for the EU diplomacy

How will the expected actions reinforce the European position: in international relations and economic diplomacy

Q&A Debate with:
  • Frank Proust, MEP, Vice-Chair of “Sky and Space” Intergroup, European Parliament
  • Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary-General, EEAS
  • Mattias Petschke, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Josef Aschbacher, ESA - Director of EOP
  • Riadh Cammoun, Vice-President, Public & Regulatory Affairs, Thales Alenia Space
  • Stéphane Israël, Chairman & CEO, Arianespace

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00 FOURTH SESSION

Space as key tool at the service of the European Security & Defence Policy

How will the space programmes contribute to the political priority of the European Security and Defence (incl. migration and border surveillance)

Q&A Debate with:
  • Christian Ehler, MEP, Vice-Chair, SEDE Sub-committee, European Parliament
  • Constanze Krehl, MEP, REGI committee, European Parliament
  • Philippe Brunet, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • François Rivasseau, Director, Security policy and conflict prevention, EEAS
  • Jorge Domecq, Chief Executive, European Defence Agency
  • Johannes Von Thadden, Senior Vice-President, Head of ISI, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO, Hisdesat
  • Carlos Suarez, Executive Vice President, INDRA

18:00 – 18:15 CLOSING ADDRESS

Closing address by:
  • Roberto Battiston, President, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana
  • Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of the Executive Board, DLR

Day 2 - Wednesday 25 January 2017


  • Didier Reynders, Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
  • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President, European Commission

09:15 – 10:30 FIFTH SESSION

A fully evolving European SatCom industry addressing new technological challenges and new needs

How will the space programs contribute to the preparation of the future telecoms (5G, frequencies, Govsatcom, telecom for aeronautics, UAVs)

Q&A Debate with:
  • Pavel Telička, MEP, Vice-Chair, ALDE Group, European Parliament
  • Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Magali Vaissière, ESA-Director of TIA
  • Jurry de la Mar, Director, T-Systems International
  • Arnaud de Rosnay, Head of Telecommunications Satellites, Airbus Defence & Space
  • Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO, SES

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30 SIXTH SESSION

How should the EU facilitate and fund the future of space market

Road map for implementation and related financing

Q&A Debate with:
  • Inés Ayala Sender, MEP, European Parliament
  • Nadia Calviño, Director-General, DG BUDG, European Commission
  • Philippe Brunet, Director, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Gunnar Muent, Director, Innovation and Competitiveness Department, EIB
  • Eric Morel de Westgaver, ESA - Director of IPL
  • Alain Bories, Senior Vice President Strategy & Business Development, OHB
  • Rainer Horn, Managing Partner, SpaceTec Partners

12:30 – 13:00 CLOSING ADDRESS

  • Geneviève Fioraso, former French minister for Research and Space, ESPI Advisory Council
  • Monika Hohlmeier, MEP, Chair, "Sky & Space" Intergroup, European Parliament