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Politica industriale dell'UE in materia di spazio

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Opinion Number: CDR 3753/2013
Rapporteur: STRUZIK Adam
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 08/10/2013
 
To highlight local and regional interests in the context of the future EU industrial policy for space and especially to call for policy measures to enhance local and regional uptake of downstream services and applications resulting from previous EU space policy investment
The EP has taken on board the CoR's emphasis on enabling SMEs to benefit from the development of space related technologies and applications, notably via the new Horizon 2020 Programme for research and innovation. Moreover, satellite navigation and earth observation services which are key interests for the local and regional authorities in the area of space industry have been identified by the EP as priorities.
THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS



- points to relevant aspects to be regulated in the context of the nascent EU space policy: industrial standards, issues related to technical operations and commercial exploitation of satellite communication infrastructure;

- agrees that demand-oriented public policy making for the EU's space sector is intended to empower users, but cannot be reduced to consumer subsidies;

- urges the European Commission to establish the criteria of public usefulness in the service of the competences and needs of public authorities that will be used in evaluating user demand;

- points out that a close relationship between the local/regional level, which is working with industries to detect and support their first steps, and the national/community levels, should be a vital aspect of the EU industrial policy;

- wishes to draw attention to the evidence derived from local and regional best practices that, in the overwhelming majority of cases, Copernicus/GMES downstream services cater to the needs of public policy and have demonstrated their usefulness for public goals;

- suggests that services and applications developed on the basis of space technologies could be co-financed from the Structural Funds, provided that there is enough political will and awareness on the part of those managing the funds. A mechanism of this kind has already been employed in the 2007-2013 Financial Framework, where unused cohesion funds/ERDF funding was reallocated to a new priority: satellite based broadband internet for remote regions;

- expresses the opinion that the operational phase of Copernicus is crucial for the economic breakthrough of new technology developments, but that financial support will be required in order to overcome the start-up costs connected with the uptake of new technology by a variety of users.

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Impact: final

​The EP has taken on board the CoR's emphasis on enabling SMEs to benefit from the development of space related technologies and applications, notably via the new Horizon 2020 Programme for research and innovation. Moreover, satellite navigation and earth observation services which are key interests for the local and regional authorities in the area of space industry have been identified by the EP as priorities.

 
28 Jan
 

EP: Committee ITRE

​Voting Plenary Session

 
08 Dec
 

EP: Committee ITRE

​Voting in committee

 
20 Oct
 

Activities of the Rapporteur and CoR representatives

 
 

​Vice-President Bresso speaks at Seminar on “GALILEO 2.0” GSA, the tool to implement the Galileo Satellite Navigation programme. The speech by the Vice-president Bresso was about “The regions at the forefront for the implementation and the use of Galileo”.

 
14 Oct
 

CoR Commission: ENVE

​Adoption during CoR Plenary Session

 
08 Oct
 

CoR Commission: ENVE

​First discussion and adoption

 
01 Sep
 

EP: Committee ITRE

​Draft Report available (insert link)

 
08 Aug
 

Activities of the Rapporteur and CoR representatives

 
 

​NEREUS General Assembly

Space industrial policy discussd on the basis of the CoR rapporteur' s work and suggestions by the members.

 
30 Jun
 

CoR Commission: ENVE

​Exchange of views

 
18 Jun
 

Activities of the Rapporteur and CoR represenatives

​Meeting with the DG Enterprise Head of Unit

Common perspectives identified, notably role of regional clusters in the upstream sector which need better targeted support from the Horizon 2020, and local and regional authorities as potential downstream users of services and applications – a need to recognize and enable at EU and national level.

 
18 Jun
 

Council of EU: Transport, Telecommunciations and Energy

Council Conclusions on "EU Space Industrial Policy - Releasing the potential for economic growth in the space sector"

http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/intm/137341.pdf

 
28 May
 

Impact: preliminary

​In line with the draft CoR opinion, the Council has encouraged the Commission and the Member States to to support measures to stimulate the development and deployment of space-based applications across public and private users, in particular in regional and local authorities and the SME sector, together with associated innovation support measures.

 
28 May
 

Activities of the Rapporteur and CoR represenatives

 
 

​Workshop: Environment and Risk Management: The added value of satellite applications.

Presentation by the rapporteur on the key role of regional authorities in environment monitoring and risk management.

 
22 Apr