Established in 1999 as a permanent forum for interparliamentary co-operation in space between the European national parliaments interest in space policy, it aims at facilitating the exchange of information on space activities and at promoting mutual understanding of national policies through the provision of a forum for analysing the major issues at stake in the European space sector.
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
Since January 1st, 2016, the Romanian Parliament holds the annual rotatory Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC). The European Interparliamentary Space Conference represents an opportunity for parliamentarians to share knowledge, increase access to, and promote the importance of space.
For this reason, I have the pleasure to inform you that this year the Romanian presidency has decided to organise a preparatory Workshop, on April 17th - 19th 2016, in view of the XVIIIth Plenary Session that is to be held on October 3th - 4th with the occasion of the World Space Week.
The selected theme for this year’s Presidency is "Space Security". This encompasses two elements: a. security in space and b. security from space. The theme is selected due to the increasing important of space security. In relation to "security in space", there is and increasing demand of space missions and applications with implications stemming from space debris which are not yet fully assessed. The planned construction and soon operation of Mega constellations would mean a “step increase” in the use of the Low Earth Orbit region. In relation to "security from space", space technologies and applications can be used as a tool to assist decision and policy makers in developing, implementing and monitoring a number of policy areas (e.g. border control, security and defence, disaster management, migration, food production, maritime, energy). The current regulatory framework is lacking behind the space technological development, market and societal demands.
The workshop aims to provide an overview of current initiatives, an update on the implementation and adherence to existing regulatory framework and instruments and a view of the way ahead to the security, safety, and sustainability of space activities. In particular the Workshop will address and we shall present and discuss the importance and the present issues of space security, as a result of the current challenges and its impact on the present and future space activities.
Our work on "Space Security" will continue at the Plenary Session where we shall debate the possible scenarios for the European future involvement, in securing space exploration and preserving the Earth environments, particularly on security for a better development of an efficient European space policy and on promoting regulatory framework in line with market reality and emerging issues. We do believe that your support and participation since the beginning is crucial to prepare the XVIII EISC resolution on space policy to be adopted during the EISC Plenary Session, and of an outstanding importance in putting it into practice.
It is therefore our pleasure to invite you to the XVIII EISC Workshop, which will be held in Romania (location TBD) on April 17th - 19th, 2016. The agenda and other information will be available soon on the EISC website: www.eisc-europa.eu, where participants can register in a specific section.
I am looking forward for your distinguished participation.
Chairman of the Subcommittee for Space and Chairman of the XVIII EISC