Taking part in the roundtable session on ‘What political, economic, social, educational and environmental advances can make the European Union more than an economic area?’, Lionel Suchet underlined space’s key role as an example of the successful construction of Europe. He pointed to Europe’s place as the world’s number two space power, which it has achieved thanks to the trifecta of its member states, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union. France, through CNES, provides unique technical know-how, while ESA, an intergovernmental organization par excellence, has a long track record of successful space science missions and the European Union, through its Commission, federates and drives Europe’s space efforts.
This close cooperation between member states, ESA and the European Commission is today reflected through a shared a political commitment. CNES’s Chief Operating Officer stressed the successes of spacefaring Europe, in particular the Galileo satellite navigation system, in the process of deploying a global constellation of 30 satellites that offers more precise positioning than the U.S. GPS system. He also hailed other European technological and scientific feats such as the Rosetta-Philae mission, the first to put a lander on the nucleus of a comet, and the Copernicus Earth-observation programme that is delivering crucial data to gain new insights into our planet. All of these missions are contributing to Europe’s successful space programme, fuelled by the cutting-edge innovations of its space industry in all fields of space-related applications.
After the roundtable, Lionel Suchet commented: “To retain its rank as a leading space power, Europe is rising to the competition and innovation challenge, developing cooperation between European nations, international partners and public and private stakeholders. A big effort is being deployed to nurture applications and new markets, and this strategy is being pursued within the European Commission, ESA and CNES.”
The EEE Teacher-Business summer school is organized by the IDE business institute in partnership with the Inspectorate General of Economic and Social Sciences, the Directorate General of School Teaching (DGESCO) at the Ministry of Education, the Economic Analysis Council (CAE), publishing house La Documentation Française, the France Stratégie strategic planning unit and the Ecole Polytechnique engineering school. It is an annual event that aims to encourage direct dialogue between the worlds of business and education, bringing together teachers, economists, academia and business executives to shed new light on economic theory through practical business cases.