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Space solutions to EU societal challenges
An event under the Semester of Italian Presidency of the EU
Rome, 19 September 2014 - Regione Lazio Via Rosa Raimondi Garibaldi 7, Sala Tirreno
The main objective of the event is to discuss how to best exploit space technologies as drivers for
competitiveness, innovation and smart specialization of the local economic systems.
The issue of establishing efficient mechanisms to turn excellence in research into industrial leadership
and socio-economic well-being is actually at the top of the EU policy agenda and represents a
cornerstone of both the Horizon2020 programme and the new 2014-2020 EU cohesion policy.
On an impulse coming from of Lazio Region, the network NEREUS, bringing together 23 “space” regions
all over Europe, constituted a dedicated task force to assess the potential contribution that space
technologies, when adequately adapted and transferred, can provide for the development of innovative
solutions to the key societal challenges of the Union and to pave the way for the establishment of an EIP
“Space” acting as a basin of innovative technology solutions to be made available to the other existing
The event “Space solutions to the EU societal challenges” is intended to build on the results NEREUS has
achieved on the last June 26th, when a dedicated workshop has been organized and the representatives
of the existing EIPs have been invited to discuss the playground for cooperation between space and nonspace actors in developing innovating solutions for the benefit of the citizen and societies that can be
globally competitive.
To be successful, it is necessary that such a cross-fertilisation action occurs in the context of a sound
strategic framework, providing for the alignment of priorities of space and non-space actors and the
possibility to capitalize at the maximum extent (scalability, replicability, strategic address to further
development) the results that may be achieved.
Therefore, also in the light of the presentation of the initiative that NEREUS will have in front of the
Council of the EU on the next 15th of September, the event will be the opportunity for to share views and
promote a high-level policy debate on how to proceed towards the establishment of the EIP “Space”, or
any other European level instrument that will be identified as better serving the purpose.
Provisional Agenda
Registration and welcome coffee
09.00 - 09.30
Welcoming address and introduction:
09.30 - 10.30
Nicola Zingaretti, President of Lazio Region
Stefania Giannini, Minister of Education, University and Research
Ferdinando NELLI FEROCI, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship (ad interim)
Keynote Speech
10:30 - 11:00
Roya Ayazi - Towards an EIP “Space”: role, objectives, state of play - NEREUS Secretary General, EIP “Space” Task Force
Coffee break
11.00 - 11.30
Session 1 “Space as a driver for innovation and competitiveness”:
11:30 - 13.00
Chairman: Roberto Cantone, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Coordinator for Space
Philippe Brunet, Director of Aerospace, Maritime, Security and Defense Industries - EC DG ENT
MEP(s) from the SKY&SPACE intergroup among (TBC)
o Marian-Jean MARINESCU ppe,
o Franck PROUST ppe,
o Jacqueline FOSTER ecr,
o Antonio TAJANI ppe
Claudio De Vincenti, Vice-Minister of Economic Development
Raffaele Liberali, Regional Minister for Development, Labor and Research, Basilicata region
Nichi Vendola, President of Regione Puglia, President of NEREUS (TBC)
13.00 - 14.00
Session 2 “The role of key EU and national space organisations for Europe’s competitiveness”
14:00 - 15.30
Chairman: Lorenzo Lo Cascio - Nereus EIP “Space” Task Force
Roberto Battiston, President ASI
Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES (TBC)
Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General ESA (TBC)
Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director GSA
Mauro Facchini, European Commission - DG Enterprise and Industry, Head of the Unit Copernicus Services
Session 3 “Space as a factor for regional smart specialisation”
15.30 - 17.00
Chairman: Maria Ludovica Agrò - MED/Director of Agency for Development and Cohesion
Alberto Piazzi, European Commission - DG Regio (TBC)
Rosanna Bellotti, Regione Lazio - Structural Funds Managing Authority / Francesco Mazzotta, Regione Lazio Head of unit for Research, Innovation and Green economy
Armando De Crinito, Regione Lombardia - Deputy General Manager for Production, R&I
Sabine S. Groth, Land Hesse, Deputy Director-General for European and International Affairs
Dr. Andreas G.N. Bergner, Land Brandenburg, University Potsdam
1. Do you have space in your smart specialisation strategy? How many regions across Europe do you guess
have space in their smart specialisation strategy?
2. In which of the five existing EIPs is your region involved or wishes to be involved?
3. Give ideas/suggestions of potential cross-correlation of existing EIPs and space in your Region.
4. Can space be a driver for relatedness in the smart specialisation path of your Region?
Coffee break
17.00 - 17.15
Session 4 “Ground for cooperation with existing EIPs”:
17.15 - 18.00
Chairman: Roya Ayazi (Nereus Secretary General ) / Walter Pecorella (Nereus EIP “Space” TF)
EIP-Smart Cities: Arun Junai, TNO
Example/suggestion from selected working groups of EIP AGRI, WATER, AHA, RM, SCC
Prof. Piergiorgio Picozza - Unleashing the value of space research -University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Gloria Martini - ASD (AeroSpace and Defence Industries) Head of External Affairs
Massimo Comparini - Space solutions for the EU societal challenges - Chairman SPIN-IT
Concluding remarks
18.00 - 18.30
Antonio Bartoloni, Ministry of Economic Development, Directorate-General for industrial policy,
competitiveness and small and medium enterprises, Division IV - Policies and measures for competitiveness
Guido Fabiani, Regione Lazio - Regional Minister for Economic Development, Representative of Italian Regions
for the National Space Policy