As Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies, we offer a dynamic platform to all European regions wishing to use space technologies to improve their public policies for the benefit of their citizens. Currently, 26 Regions and a growing group of Associate Members representing academia, research and the private sector, benefit from our activities. In a nutshell, these can be summarized in:
- advocacy and political dialogue amongst regions and towards the European institutions;
- interregional collaborations to foster exchange of best practices, policy-making and innovation;
- communication and public outreach to broaden the awareness and understanding of the benefits of using space technologies;
In 2017, we celebrated the 10 years since the signature of the NEREUS Political Charter.
This was a unique opportunity to take stock of a decade of advocacy for regional space uses and look forward to the challenges that await us in the years to come.
The regional dimension of space policy is fundamental for bringing the added value of space to citizens and thus putting the user at the centre of a European space strategy. Regions and its stakeholders such as clusters, regional contact offices, local regional agencies, play an important role:
- Regions are close to the public and have therefore broad outreach capabilities;
- Regions are a privileged scale to identify and define societal needs and growth opportunities for space;
- Regions are themselves a key user of space based services and products in vicinity to diverse user-communities;
- Regions are close to service providers and various business communities, in particular to SMEs; thus an ideal lever for measures targeted at commercialising space;
- Regions are close to the political level facilitating outreach to regional politics, but also public procurement processes;
- Regions are the unique level to link space with territorial and regional development challenges;
- Regions are able to channel space as an enabler into a wide range of non-space policies;
Why Space Technologies?
Space technologies and infrastructures such as GNSS, EO and SatCom serve as the backbone for the development of innovative services and applications. They feed into the overarching objectives of the Europe2020 and Juncker priorities. Space-based and integrated applications and services can serve a broad range of public policy services across application domains:
| Energy & Climate |
They provide information and monitoring of weather conditions, sea ice zones, land surface motion and mapping of forest, water as well as soil for companies and public organisations in charge of e.g. energy efficiency, development of renewable energy sources.
| Agriculture & Food security |
They provide location based services and products integrating space technologies in order to improve the food quality and security as well as resource efficiency in agriculture practices.
| Traffic, Transport & Logistics |
They provide information to citizens, companies and public organisations in order to contribute to a safer and more efficient use of skies, seas, rails and roads, such as fleet management, road toll and commercial logistics.
| Health & Environment |
They provide location based services for citizens, such as prediction of air quality or information on pollen with respect to allergies.
| Tourism & Leisure |
They provide location based services for tourists, such as water quality for swimmers, weather forecast, and prediction of air quality in health resorts or snow conditions in the Alps.
| Safety & Security |
They provide information and monitoring for public organisations in order to support (humanitarian) aid in crisis management, border control as well as monitoring critical infrastructures.
| Development cooperation |
They provide information and monitoring data in order to support developing countries in various sectors.