October 12, 2012 - The annual Convention of the Aerospace and Defence industries of Europe took place this year in Lisbon with over 800 delegates from the industry, Parliaments, European institutions and governments.
Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Chaiman and CEO of Safran today became President of ASD for the term 2012-2013, succeeding Klaus Eberhardt, CEO of Rheinmetall.
Following the hand-over ceremony Jean Paul Herteman outlined the challenges that European industries are facing.
In his address, he emphasized the need for the European industry to act decisively together with regards to the Single European Sky, knowing that the new SESAR air transport control system is racing against the US NextGen, and that it needs Galileo, the European GPS. The European Aviation Safety Agency needs to expand its influence through bilateral agreements with emerging countries.
Noting the overwhelming support of European citizens for a larger role of Europe to protect their security, he commented: “Action of the European Union in this sector is becoming more powerful and more complex in fields ranging from visas and asylum, to border control and airport security. The GMES programme must become reality and we must convince the policy makers”.
Access to space is an essential tool of sovereignty, at the service of European policies like transport, environment control, border control and reaction to natural catastrophes – he said: “We must find a way to convince customers who are not interested in space but in the different policy fields. Decisions made at the November ESA ministerial conference will be crucial, as well as the financing of the Galileo and GMES programmes”.
Mr Herteman further commented: “ASD played a pionneer role in Europe in Research & Innovation with initiatives like ACARE and Clean Sky. Europe needs to play a role in globalisation, and our industry is one major European asset, this, thanks to thirty years of constant effort and investment. However the challenges facing Europe are daunting. For example the emerging powers are becoming major players in all the markets : civil air transport, space, defence and security At he same time, the world needs to become much less dependent on fossil fuel. The third challenge is the temptation during an economic crisis, to give priority to short term spending over innovation and investment in our common future. The threat to the budget for European Research Programmes is a very serious concern indeed.