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The European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC)

Established in 1999 as a permanent forum for inter-parliamentary co-operation in space between the European national parliaments interested 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.
Established in 1999 as a permanent forum for inter-parliamentary co-operation in space between the European national parliaments interested 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.
Message from the EISC 2020 Chairpersons
Ms Åsunn Lyngedal and Mr Kårstein Eidem Løvaas
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Dear colleagues and friends,


Since January 1st 2020, Norway has the pleasure and honor of holding the annual rotating chairmanship of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) for the first time. An exciting year lies ahead of us:


First, we would like to welcome you to an invigorating workshop in Longyearbyen, Svalbard from the 19th -22nd of April.


The increase of marine activity, the melting ice as a result of global warming, combined with rich natural resources, have drawn new and increased international attention to the Arctic region. The Arctic region is a place with large distances, limited infrastructure and scarcely populated areas. This makes satellites a perfect tool for improving area awareness, environmental monitoring and surveillance, resource management, research, business development – to name a few.


Moreover, the challenges we face in the Arctic are excellent examples of how crucial it is for national space capabilities, space laws and regulatory frameworks to reflect and address each countries’ unique challenges. While the workshop will highlight the use of space in the Arctic through presentations and visits of space-related research facilities, the workshop will offer the opportunity for a constructive exchange on pressing issues such as regulating space and the evolution of a modern national space law in times of rapid technological change. We thus strongly believe that the insight derived from the utilization of space for the Arctic can prove useful for non-Arctic states


In fall, we will convene for the annual EISC conference in our capital, Oslo. We deem the EISC a unique opportunity to exchange perspectives and learn from the experience of others to better leverage space for the benefit of science, industry, the environment and society at large – and thus are thrilled to host the EISC this year and look forward to welcoming you to Norway!


Yours sincerely,


Ms Åsunn Lyngedal & Mr Kårstein Eidem Løvaas

MPs, Chairperson of EISC 2020
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