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Estrategia Espacial para Europa

Opinion Number: CDR 6726/2016
Rapporteur: JAADLA Andres
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/10/2017
To represent the interest of the local and regional authortiies across the EU in the development of the downstream sector regarding the services and applications based on the EU flagship programmes, especially the Copernicus.
The CoR has been accepted as an observer to the Copernicus user Forum. The rapporteur's position has found support of the ESA on key points, and regarding appropriate funding foreseen under the next MFF, recommendations of the CoR have been taken over and strengthened by the EP rapporteur. In various events and configurations of the EP activities, notably the Sky and Space Intergoup, the CoR rapporteur has developed and highlighted the locaL and regional interests and value added in the area of space policy, notably regarding synergies with other sectors, such as energy.

stresses that the regional dimension is essential in bringing the benefits of space closer to users and thus putting users at the centre of a European space strategy. Local and regional authorities have the competence and willingness to be involved in the implementation of European space policy, as it also supports smart specialisation strategies in many regions;

- calls on the European Commission to ensure that long-term funding for the operation of Copernicus infrastructure is guaranteed using the EU budget in future, in order to guarantee both financial viability and transparency and democratic oversight of the funding;

- calls for new ways of funding to be sought for the development and large-scale use of applications, involving the Structural Funds and the banks and in collaboration with the ESA. Given the problems with the financing of investment in research and development projects, it is worth improving the financing of research projects carried out in collaboration with research and development institutes and economic operators;

- strongly supports the request of the European Parliament for a comprehensive Communication Strategy about the benefits of space technologies for citizens and business;

- could provide more effective support to the implementation and execution of the Copernicus programme at local and regional level if it was a full permanent member of the programme's user forum and could send an official representative to that forum. This would take account of the importance of local actors in terms of the use of Copernicus data;

- underlines the important role of space monitoring and satellite navigation systems, such as Galileo and Copernicus, enabling a timely response to natural disasters such as earthquakes, forest fires, landslides and floods;

- calls for this to be duly reflected in the development of down-stream services for local and regional authorities. An effective space strategy is a crucial component of sustainable and resilient development, helping save lives as well as helping protect the environment and properties.



Joint roundtable with ESA

Space innovation, funding and regional development issues - follow-up to the )pinion

08 Feb

Meeting with Commissioner Bienkowska

Discussion of the evolving political context and strategy necessary for future action to bolster involvement of local and regional authorities in these activities. The initial objective has been to work together towards a shared vision for awareness raising and small and medium size enterprise stimulation at the local and regional level in the area of space economy. Moreover, it was felt during the meeting that amounts available for basic space research should be increased because of international competition and strategic need for technology independence (now all space research has 1.7 out of 80 billion euro, which is not enough, even if deadlines for project proposals sometimes need to be prolonged.) The general increase, if achieved, could also benefit local and regional development.

06 Dec

NEREUS 10th anniversary

Keynote speech by the rapporteur on cooperation between the CoR and the NEREUS network (regions involved in space)

05 Dec

Competitiveness council meeting on space policy

discussion of the Copernicus mid-term report and the future of the space strategy and funding - letter sent in advance to the Presidency M inister/ Chair Mrs Urve Palo (Estonia), availability of the CoR Opinion for dissemination

01 Dec

Speech of the rapporteur in the EP Space Intergroup meeting

The rapporteur has stressed the important role of space monitoring and satellite navigation systems for facilitating the performance of local and regional authorities on a variety of their competences: environmental monitoring, preparedness to dealing with the consequences of natural disasters, and traffic and energy sector management. This should be duly reflected in the development of downstream services for local and regional authorities. In order to develop this agenda. Moreover, a shared understanding has been developed that , in future, the EU funding for research and innovation should include additional funds for such activities as regional space hubs that bring together the space, digital and user sectors to stimulate the uptake of innovations by the market. More private investment should be leveraged for start-ups, in particular in the context of the Investment Plan for Europe and the Pan-European Venture Capital Fund-of-Funds. Local and regional SMEs should be supported on a broader scale than now to be able to propose services and applications on the basis of Earth Observation data within the framework of Copernicus.

21 Nov

Letter from Lowrie Evans, DG Growth EC

In reply to the CoR Opinion, the letter has stated, in line with the CoR Opinion, that more actions would be needed for Europe to reach the ambitions set in the Strategy, and the European regions will have a key role to play in this regard, notably when it comes to making a smart link between the European institutions and the local communities and relaying European policies to SMEs, citizens and young generations.

20 Nov

Space Solutions for Resilience in the Mediterranean - Ministerial conference

Organised by the Presidency. CoR Rapporteur delivering a keynote address.

27 Jun

Meeting with EP rapporteur Mrs Krehl

Discussion of ams to the EP report taking on board local and regional issues

31 May

Stakeholder consultation

Meeting with representatives of specialised sectoral organisations to fine tune political recommendations and disseminate the local and regional issues among the national and EU level organisations working in the area of space

26 Apr
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