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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.
EISC 2021 Chairpersons
Ms Åsunn Lyngedal and Mr Kårstein Eidem Løvaas
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Dear colleagues and friends,

Norway has the pleasure and honor of holding the annual rotating chairmanship of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) in 2021.

As for many international cooperations, the year 2020 did not go as planned for EISC. However, a digital conference was organized on 24 September where the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the European Space Industry, and the European possibility of launching small satellites from Andøya Space Port were among the items on the agenda.

In 2021, the Norwegian chairmanship will host the annual Conference on 10-11 May. Unfortunately, we do not know yet if we will be able to welcome you all in Oslo or if we will have to organise a digital event. In any case, 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.

The Arctic and its linkages to Europe will be the main topic of our EISC presidency. The increase of marine activity, the melting ice resulting from global warming, combined with rich natural resources, have drawn new and increased international attention to the Arctic region. This 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 country’s unique challenges. We strongly believe that the insights derived from the utilization of space for the Arctic can prove useful for non-Arctic states, and thus encourage you all to take part in this year’s Conference.

Finally, in fall, we hope to convene an in-person EISC workshop somewhere in the Northern parts of Norway.

Yours sincerely,
Ms Åsunn Lyngedal & Mr Kårstein Eidem Løvaas

MPs, Chairperson of EISC 2021
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