Space 4 Critical Infrastructure aims at presenting how satellite-based solutions can contribute to the monitoring and maintenance of critical entities. After three introductory webinars presenting the state of play of the legislative process and the rationale behind the enlargement of the scope of the proposed EU Directive on the resilience of critical entities, a set of thematic webinars will be organised to illustrate operational solutions.
In the last decade, we have witnessed increasingly sophisticated physical and cyber risks threatening key services and infrastructure. EU-level measures and schemes to protect EU assets have been considered partly outdated and not sufficient. For this reason, the European Commission presented on 16 December 2020 a proposal for a new EU-Directive to enhance the resilience of critical entities providing essential services in the EU. Critical infrastructures are essential infrastructures for the functioning of our societies and economy. In the context of resilience and recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the well-functioning of critical infrastructure is even more vital.
The series of webinars “Space 4 Critical Infrastructure” is meant to sensitise and discuss with regional stakeholders, research and business communities the dimension of space used to better monitor and safeguard critical entities in different domains. After three introductory web sessions to set the stage on the rationale, the novelties and the approval process of the directive, the webinars will explore operational satellite-based applications per each sector identified in the proposed EU-directive (COM(2020) 829 final/2020/0365/COD), namely energy, transport, banking, financial market infrastructures, health, drinking water, wastewater, digital infrastructure, public administration and space and will further elaborate on the benefits these solutions can bring to users to ensure more resilient environment to the citizens.