On 3 February
2004, the Belgian Senate formed an official parliamentary
space group replacing a first work group created on 13 July 2000
former Speaker of the Senate, Mr Armand De Decker.
Space is a high-tech sector looking to the future of which the
applications will become growingly important. Moreover, Belgium
participates to a large extent in space programmes of the European
Space Agency (ESA) and other bi- and multilateral cooperation programmes.
Last but not least, space is becoming more and more a sector of
important national and European strategic interest.
parliamentary space group formally depends of the Senate
Committee for economic and financial affairs, it works highly
autonomous. As a result, apart from the members of parliament,
also representatives of the competent European institutions,
the federal government, science and industry participate in
the proceedings, making it one of the main instruments of reflection
of the Belgian Senate.
Mr François Roelants du Vivier
chairs the parliamentary space group, Mr Hugo Vandenberghe
and Mr Ludwig Vandenhove are vice-chairmen.
Members of the parliamentary space group
of the parliamentary space group