Stuttgart high-level workshop on satellite-enabled services “Towards a European Partnership in support of satellite-enabled downstream services: main fields for action”
40 policy experts call for stronger coordination and policy efforts amid worries about excessively fragmented markets.
40 experts met in Stuttgart for a high level expert workshop on 17-18 May to discuss better support policies and coordination to accelerate the growth of satellite-enabled applications and services markets. They called for new and more pervasive horizontal measures aimed at strongly leveraging satellite-enabled services.
The workshop was organised by the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General in cooperation with the Ministry of Economics of Baden-Württemberg and MFG-Baden-Württemberg. It was supported by the ESA Tech-Transfer Programme, the City of Stuttgart, Forum SatNav MIT BW, Messe Stuttgart, and FZI.
The representative of the Ministry of Economics of Baden-Württemberg, Günther Lesnerkraus, highlighted the relevance of the aero-engineering sector for the region, and expressed the belief that Galileo would provide further, important economic development opportunities for the region’s companies and, with that in view, cooperation networks were being supported by the local government in order to reinforce the innovation response capacity of local companies to this new challenge which will also be driven largely by customer and user needs.
This issue was also raised by Ms Mette Quinn in her welcome address on behalf of DG Enterprise and Industry, as she recalled that the objective of the workshop was precisely to discuss the role of public support in order to stimulate the development of innovative services that may be built upon Galileo and other satellite-based technologies.
Experts highlighted the importance of horizontal measures to maximise leverage while they confirmed the importance of more tailor made measures in order to foster growth of companies. At the same time they stressed the key importance of support to demand generation and lead users e.g. via public procurement and living labs. They welcomed the idea of establishing a European Partnership addressing needs for defragmentation of markets and the establishment of a true single innovation market in the field.
Mr Haasig of MGF-BW finally re-stated the importance of a renewed cooperation in the field.
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