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News article13 April 20221 min read

Inaugural Event of the European Union Industry and Start-up Forum on STM 26 April 2022 – 09h00 to 12h15, Brussels


In view of the recently adopted Joint Communication on STM, DG Defence Industry and Space (DEFIS) is launching the European Union Industry and Start-ups Forum on STM (EUISF).

With the EUISF, DG DEFIS in close collaboration with the European Space Surveillance and Tracking (EU SST) Consortium aims to establish a Forum to foster the innovation and competitiveness of the SSA’s commercial sector to achieve a higher level of strategic autonomy in Europe.

In this respect, the EUISF intends to serve as a transparent mechanism, teaming up the European space industry and start-ups with the EU SST Consortium and DEFIS’ policy-makers in a regular and constructive dialogue.


The event is scheduled for 26 April 2022, from 09h00 to 12h15 CEST and will take place in the Auditorium of the Breydel building at Avenue d'Auderghem 45, Brussels.

Participants are invited to attend in-person in Brussels or ONLINE via webstream.

We invite you to register via EU Survey here no later than Friday 22 April at 12h00 CEST.

Please note that priority will be given to EU SSA Industry and start-ups


Programme of the inaugural event:

09h00 to 09h10 Opening session and initial remarks

  • Christoph Kautz, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG DEFIS
  • Pascal Faucher, Chairman, European Space Surveillance and Tracking (EU SST) Consortium

09h10 to 09h30 An EU Approach to Space Traffic Management: from strategy to implementation

  • Rodolphe Muñoz, European Commission, DG DEFIS

09h30 to 09h45 STM as an opportunity for the European Union space sector

  • Olivier Lemaitre, Secretary General, Eurospace

09h45 to 11h00 Making the best use of the EU’s capabilities and innovation in the field of Space Surveillance and Tracking

  • European Space Surveillance and Tracking (EU SST) Consortium

11h00 to 11h40 EU initiatives fostering commercial and funding opportunities:

11h00 to 11h20: Space Entrepreneurship (CASSINI) & In-Orbit Demonstration and Validation (IOD/IOV) Initiatives

  • Tomas Jonsson & Maria Vittoria D’Inzeo, European Commission, DG DEFIS

11h20 to 11h40: European Defence Fund (EDF)

  • Marco Detratti, European Commission, DG DEFIS

11h40 to 12h00 Foresight & Way forward

Open floor for industry and start-ups to present their views

12h00 to 12h15 Concluding remarks


Should you have any questions, please contact: DEFIS-EUSST-INDUSTRYFORUMatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (DEFIS-EUSST-INDUSTRYFORUM[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)



Publication date
13 April 2022