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EU Meeting with space industry

Following one of the recommendations contained in the Communication on”
European Space Policy: Preliminary Elements” of 23 May 2005 and in
compliance with orientations of the second Space Council, the Unit in
charge of Space Policy within Directorate General Enterprise and
Industry has organised a consultation of a panel of industrialists.

The panel of industry representatives was including participants
from all types of companies: large system integrators, SMEs, operators,
service companies, added value services providers, …)
discussion was based on the elements listed in the Communication for
which five position papers had been prepared. These papers were
covering the following topics:
On the regulatory issues, the participants
agreed that better European regulations in fields like spectrum
allocations or delivering of licences for space-based telecommunication
systems might be necessary.
Concerning the standardisation,
recognising that many activities were already undertaken by industry,
the Commission has prepared a draft mandate which will be placed with
standardisation authorities like CEN, CENELEC and ETSI. The
participants agreed that the Commission might take measures to
streamline the standardisation process which is still felt too long and
resource consuming, and therefore not accessible to all companies,
particularly SMEs.
On the procurement policy and use of
industrial return in the ESA context, while recognising that the
current process has enabled the development of a competitive European
space industry, the Commission indicated that it would initiate an
impact study.
More info at:
Space Council
(Credits Europa)