The Romanian Presidency has been chaired by MP Liana Dumitrescu, who has been the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Space in the Romanian Parliament. The Romanian Presidency held a thematic workshop on 17 May 2010 and the Plenary Conference on the 25/26 October 2010. Both events took place in Bucharest.




Plenary Conference on the 25/26 October 2010

The annual Plenary Conference in October was an appreciated opportunity for the members of EISC to meet and discuss current issues related to space. This conference under the theme “Space Benefits for Society ” was the highlight of the Romanian EISC Presidency 2010. The Conference was hosted by Ms. Liana Dumitrescu, MP, the Chairperson of EISC. As her first formal act, she was able to welcom Luxembourg as a new Permanent Member following unanimous acceptance by the members present. The Plenary Session included speeches of Jean-Jacques Dordain the Director General of the European Space Agency, Reinhard Schulte-Braucks, Head of Space Research and Development Unit, Aerospace and Defence Directorate, DG Enterprise and Industry in the European Commission, and a video message from Vittorio Prodi, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Sky and Space Intergroup. With the latter message, the Romanian Presidency launched a new approach for partnership between EISC and EP.

The conference was comprised of three blocks dealing with the role of parliaments, development and security. In the first block regarding the role of the parliaments the two presentations by K.P. Willsch, MdP German Parliament and T. Masson-Zwaan, President, International Institute of Space Law touched upon the role of the Member States as decision-makers for space and their role under the Lisbon Treaty. In the second block on development four presentations were given. The presentation of Hans de With, Market Development Officer, European GNSS Supervisory Authority gave an overview of the status of Galileo and the benefits to the European citizens. A presentation on Integrated Applications Programme of ESA was given by Amnon Ginati, Head of Integrated and Telecommunications related Applications Department, European Space Agency, highlighting how the use of space based information can assist the citzents. A presentation by Christina Giannopapa, Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute highlighted the Europe 2020 flagships where space can play a role on innovation policy. Jean-Claude Worms, Head of Space Sciences Unit, European Science Foundation, stressed the importance of science and exploration for the benefits of society. The third block on Security comprised of four presentations where the first was given Erwin Duhamel, Head of Security Strategy and Partnership Development Office, European Space Agency where he gave an overview of ESA’s evolving role on security. Pascal Legai, Deputy Director, European Union Satellite Centre highlighted how Earth Observation can be an essential tool for crisis management. The current evolvements of the space security relate


d activities and the role of the European Security and Defence Assembly was provide by Senator Pozzo di Borgo, Rapporteur, Technological and Aerospace Committee, European Security and Defence Assembly. Jana Robinson, Resident Fellow, European Space Policy Institute provided a framework for transparency and confidence building measures for space and the evolving role of the EU draft Code of Conduct.

The presentations were welcomed by the members of EISC as informative and useful for the deliberations leading to the adoption of the Conclusions of the conference. These Conclusions comprise a set of political statements and recommendations on the topical issues in European space policy as well as the further development of EISC as an influential voice in the European setting. The Chairperson started right after the conference with the dissemination of the Conclusions in order to assure an impact in the upcoming deliberations on the European level.

Conference Programme

Conference Presentations

Plenary Session

Block 1: The role of Parliaments

Block 2: Development

Block 3: Security

Statements by delegations


Dissemination of EISC 2010 Conclusions

Photo Gallery


Thematic Workshop on 17 May 2010

The Romanian Presidency workshop took place on the 17th May in the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest and brought together delegations from parliamentarian groups and initiated a dialogue with representatives of stakeholders and industry. The first two presentations in the workshop dealt with the issue of space and security. The speakers were and Sylvia Kainz-Huber, Deputy Head of Unit, Space Policy and Coordination, European Commissions DG Enterprise and Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director European Union Satellite Centre. They touched upon strategies to shape a strategy in this field and the efficient use of satellite data to provide security to Europe in various fields. Following this first part, presentations were given by Giulio Barbolani di Montauto, ESA Brussels Office on ESA's Role in European Space Context and Matxalen Sánchez Aranzamendi, ESPI Resident Fellow on the effects of space legislation and regulations on the European space sector. The workshop was held under the guidance of EISC Chairperson Liana Dumitrescu. The sessions were co-moderated by ROSA's President Marius-Ioan Piso and ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl. Considerable time was provided for discussions and open exchanges.

The workshop resulted in a joint understanding of the growing relevance for space in various areas of society with particular regard to the provision of external and internal security. It also highlighted the need for efficient regulations in Europe, providing the sector with a reliable and effective foundation to grow and prosper as well as to contribute to the economic development. The further elaboration of the European Space Policy and the related issues of governance and programme development were an additional main topic of the event. As the Chairperson, Liana Dumitrescu, summarized the results, the importance of EISC as a main actor in the European space setting has to be strengthened due to the decisive role of the Member States and also the importance of ESA. National parliaments are at the forefront of strengthening space activities and securing their positive impacts on the economic and societal development in Europe.