The focus topic of the annual plenary session of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC), held in Vienna, Austria, is Europe’s contribution to space economy. Besides that, the status of Russia as an associate member will be put to vote in order to exclude the country from the association. Estonia’s position is that a resolute decision has to be achieved regarding the issue of Russia’s membership status.
“Cooperation with Russia is also out of the question in space. The aim of the European space sector should be total isolation of Russia, in order to raise our capability in space together with Ukraine in the future,” Head of the Estonian Delegation to the European Interparliamentary Space Conference Mario Kadastik said.
Head of the Estonian delegation Mario Kadastik and member of the delegation Tõnis Lukas attend the session.
Kadastik explained that the aim of the EISC is to offer the national parliaments of Europe an opportunity to exchange information, hold discussions and make analyses relating to the space policy sector. The resolutions adopted at the meetings of the EISC are not binding for the national parliaments, but the organisation helps define the role of the legislators of European countries in dealing with space issues.
Estonia’s activities in the space sector are closely connected with membership in the European Space Agency (ESA) and the space programme of the European Union. In the Estonian space sector, the ESA performs the role of a procurement agency until a relevant state structure is established.
The purpose of Estonia’s space programme is to enable the development of high-technology based business in Estonia and, as a result, increase the export of products and services, develop the local space industry, education and science. It is important to improve the position of Estonian companies in the supply chain and contribute to the emergence of main contractors in Estonia.
After the annual session, the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the European Space Policy Institute are also held in the Parliament of Austria, where the representatives of the European Space Agency and other space sector stakeholders are invited.
The European Interparliamentary Space Conference was established in 1999. Its full members are the national parliaments of the Member States of the European Union and the European Space Agency that have created a parliamentary body dealing with space affairs.
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