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EU-ESA informal space ministerial meeting

Competitiveness Council (COMPET)

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Event agenda

The EU-ESA informal space ministerial meeting focuses on the future viewpoints regarding Earth Observation in Europe after 2020.

During the EU-ESA informal space ministerial meeting, participants discuss the future of the Copernicus Space programme in the years 2020+. Topics of the ministerial meeting include the Copernicus data policy, how the EU should successfully adapt to the changing global environment with paradigm shifts taking place in digital/big data technologies, and private actors taking an ever-larger role in the global Earth Observation scene. Participants also discuss which EU policy priorities Copernicus should contribute to in the years of 2020 and beyond. 



Arrival of Delegations and Doorstep


Tour de Table


Opening of the EU-ESA ISMM

By Minister for Entrepreneurship and IT of the Republic of Estonia, Urve Palo, and Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of Spain, Begoña Cristeto Blasco as co-chair of the meeting. 

Lunch Debate - Policy Implications of Global Paradigm Shifts in Earth Observation

The lunch debate concentrates on Copernicus Space data policy in view of the paradigm shifts in digital/big data technologies and in business models, calling for the realignment of existing principles and modes of public sector intervention.

Keynote speakers:

  • Pekka Laurila, Iceye
  • Robbie Schingler, Planet

Heads of Delegations only
Other delegates will be served a buffet lunch separately 


Family photo and coffee


Working Session - The Future of the Copernicus Programme in Fostering a Competitive and Innovation European Space Sector

The Working Session focuses on policy priorities into which Copernicus can contribute in the years 2020+, and the corresponding shifts in data policy and governance models in order to meet the needs of existing and new services/users. Ministers will also be invited to discuss the challenges and opportunities related to capitalising on public investment while maximising the opportunities for stimulating further investments into East Observation capacities in Europe by helping to integrate EU, national and commercial assets and establishing new partnership models with member states, industry and international players.

Opening: Urve Palo, Minister for Entrepreneurship and IT of the Republic of Estonia

Co-chair: Begoña Cristeto Blasco, Secretary General for Industry and SMEs of Spain

Moderation: Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Moderation: Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General, European Space Agency

Exchange of views by the Heads of Delegations

Closing remarks

Working language: English, no interpretation


Swissôtel Tallinn

Swissôtel Tallinn, Tornimäe 3, 10145 Tallinn, Estonia





Kadri Tonka

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications / Spokesperson (COMPET)


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