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This year, Estonia is holding the rotating chairmanship of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC). One of the chairmanship events is the international plenary session Space and Entrepreneurship. It will be held in Tallinn and organised by the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia). The session will bring together parliamentarians, space experts and space-related entrepreneurs from all over Europe to discuss legislation, e-society and sustainable space policy.

In the opinion of Liisa Oviir, who is the EISC Chairwoman during the Estonian chairmanship, the Estonian companies and space scientists have already proven themselves in the space sector, first of all by meeting the orders of the European Space Agency. “Both sides work together unanimously to develop space-related applications and take them more into use in daily life,” Oviir said.

“Legislation has an important role in the smooth development of the space sector,” Oviir noted. “As new actors are constantly joining the industry, the space sector should be supported by laws more than it has been done so far. In order to keep the space policy developing and the interests of Estonia protected, Estonia, too, should start discussions in the nearest future on whether it is necessary to draft a space act,” the Chairwoman added.

The Conference will be opened by President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor and EISC 2017 Chairwoman Liisa Oviir. Key-note speech will be by Director General of the European Space Agency Johann-Dietrich Wörner. Head of Privacy Technologies Department at Cybernetica AS Dan Bogdanov, Co-Founder of e-Governance Academy Linnar Viik, Managing Director of AZO-Space of Innovation Thorsten Rudolph and Head of the European Commission Space Data for Societal Changes, Rapporteur on Space Strategy for Europe of the European Union Committee Andres Jaadla and Growth Unit Andreas Veispak will participate in panel discussions.

The aim of Estonian chairmanship is to raise a discussion on how to use entrepreneurship better in the space sector, preserving the environment and its depleting resources. The United Nations conventions regulating the use of outer space were signed 50 years ago, when the great powers were active in the space. The development of technology has opened space to private businesses, and great growth potential is seen in space-related business. Therefore the Session will also focus on the problems relating to the legal framework of the space sector.

The European Interparliamentary Space Conference (EISC) was established in 1999. Its members are the national parliaments of the member states of the European Union and/or of the European Space Agency that have created a parliamentary body dealing with space affairs. At present the organisation has 12 full members and one associate member.

The EISC Plenary Session is one of the events taking place in Tallinn within the framework of the European Space Week.

The program of the Plenary Session held in the Conference Centre of Nordic Hotel Forum on 6–7 November can be found here (in English). 

 

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