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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 2019 Chair Mr. Klaus-Peter Willsch
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Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

dear colleagues and friends,

I am delighted to invite you all to this year’s EISC in Germany. It is the second time after 2011 that I have the honour of representing my country as host. I am looking forward to this challenging and stimulating task and cannot wait to welcome you all in Germany.

Allow me to thank first and foremost, the Belgian presidency led by Christie Morreale and Yves Evrard for an excellent 20th EISC last year. We had an exciting conference full of enriching insights into Big Data from many different perspectives. It is a great honour taking over from them and continuing their efforts to promote and raise awareness for the space sector.

Ever since I watched the first moon landing on television in 1969, I have been fascinated by space travel. As Chairman of the Aviation and Space Group in the German Bundestag, I have the pleasure of being able to focus on one of the issues that is dearest to my heart in the parliamentary arena. It is also occasions like EISC that give us all particularly great pleasure. Exchanges between parliamentarians with a mutual passion for space are essential for strengthening this forward-looking and highly innovative cutting-edge technological sector.

The EISC offers all of us the opportunity to share our diverse knowledge and to learn from one another. After all, the great challenges of our time require cooperation and exchange; this is the only way for us to be able to develop solutions together. The aerospace industry, with its cutting-edge technology, plays a key role in this regard as it makes valuable contributions to dealing with challenges and mega trends in society, the economy and the environment, for example with regard to climate change, mobility, digital technology, energy, resources and national security.

The ESA Ministerial Council 2019 is the uncontested highlight this year. This is why the German presidency decided upon focusing this year’s EISC on preparing the ESA Ministerial Council in order to elaborate and provide input from parliament’s point of view.

I am happy to announce the date of the workshop with the title “Outlook on the ESA Ministerial Council 2019: SSA and ISS in the spotlight”: It will take place in the “City of Space” Bremen on 24th to 26th of March. The workshop’s itinerary includes site visits of some of the key players of the German space industry – Airbus, OHB, ArianeGroup – as well as visits of the German Aerospace Center and the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Additionally, we are looking forward to speeches on the issues of the future of the ISS and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

The main conference will be organised in September 2019. Further details will be announced soon.

I am looking forward to welcoming you in Bremen in March!

Yours,


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(Klaus-Peter Willsch)
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