Opening of European Space Solutions 2016
& European Space Policy conference

Day I:    Monday, 30 May 2016        14:30 - 17:30        Room: World Forum Theatre
Day II:   Tuesday, 31 May 2016       09:00 - 17:30        Room: Mississippi

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Programme Day I
Moderator: Roderik van Grieken, Director of the Netherlands Debate Institute
14:30 Official Opening Addresses
André Kuipers
Dutch Astronaut
Welcome from the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union
Henk Kamp
Minister of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
Elżbieta Bieńkowska
European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Keynote Speach: Pieter Geelen
Co-Founder and Director of Software Development, TomTom NV
15:30 Coffee Break - Press Point

Discovering the first Sentinel-3A results
Commissioner Bieńkowska, Jan Woerner, Director-General ESA, Alain Ratier, Director-General, EUMETSAT
See new images of the Earth's oceans and changing land surfaces from the 3rd Copernicus Sentinel satellite, launched on 16 February. Access to Copernicus data is free, full and open to the public to stimulate new products and services.

"Space Girls | Space Women" Exhibition
Visit and Photo with Commissioner Bieńkowska, Minister Schultz van Haegen and Member of the European Parliament Cora van Nieuwenhuizen

Official Signing of the Agreement for the Future Galileo Reference Center in The Netherlands: Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Keynote Speech: Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

Panel 1: Space Solutions for the European economy
Space is breaking out of the traditional technology-driven mode to become an integral part of the economy, contributing solutions for societal challenges and enhancing European competitiveness.
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen
Member of the European Parliament
Lowri Evans
Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Carlo des Dorides
Executive Director, European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Jan Woerner
Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA)
17:45 Official Welcome Reception
hosted by the government of The Netherlands Ger Nieuwpoort, Director of the Netherlands Space Office

European Space Policy conference

Programme Day II
Professional moderator: Roderik van Grieken, Director of the Netherlands Debate Institute
09:00 Panel 2: New Perspectives in Space
Europe has shown it can play a leading role in space access, Earth observation and satellite navigation. How can we build on these achievements, past and present, to prepare for the future?
Evert Dudok
on behalf of ESOA, EMEA Satellite Operators Association
Jean-Yves Le Gall
President of CNES (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales), the French Space Agency
Roberto Battiston
President of ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), the Italian Space Agency
Philippe Brunet
Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence, European Commission
Paul Verhoef
Director of Galileo and Navigation-related activities, European Space Agency (ESA)
10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 Panel 3: Space, Energy Union and Climate
The greatest challenge of our age. Space will be an essential part of any solution. How can we marshal the unique capabilities Space offers?
Alain Ratier
Director-General of the European Organisation for the exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)
Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board, DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), the German Aerospace Center
Volker Liebig
Director of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency (ESA)
Han Wensink
Chariman, NEVASCO; Managing Director and Director Business Development, Ocean Space Consult; Managing Director, HERMESS
Artur Runge-Metzger
Director, Climate Strategy, Governance and Emissions from non-trading sectors, DG Climate, European Commission [tbc]
13:00 Lunch break
14:00 Panel 4: Space and the Digital Economy
Space uses, generates and transports massive amounts of data. It is therefore uniquely placed to play a large role in the digital economy. How can we harvest this potential?
Monika Hohlmeier
Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Sky and Space Intergroup
Nicky Vendola
President, Network of European Regions Using Space (NEREUS)
Magali Vaissiere
Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, European Space Agency
15:45 Coffee Break
16:15 Panel 5: Space and Security
Security of Space. Security in Space. Security from Space.
Alain Le Roy
Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS)
Marian-Jean Marinescu
Member of the European Parliament
Rini Goos
Deputy Chief Executive, European Defence Agency (EDA)
Jeremy Blyth
Chairman of the Galileo Security Accreditation Board (SAB)
17:30 Closing and Presentation of the "The Hague Manifesto": conclusions of the Dutch Presidency in the area of Space
Jasper Wesseling
Deputy Director-General for Business and Innovation, Ministry of Economic Affairs, The Netherlands
Pierre Delsaux
Deputy Director-General, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission