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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 250 STCEES 11 E Original: English NATO Parliamentary Assembly SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE VISIT TO MADRID, SPAIN M ISSION R EPORT 21-23 S EPTEMBER 2011 International Secretariat 4 November 2011 * This Mission Report is presented for information only and does not necessarily represent the official view of the Assembly. This mission report was prepared by Henrik Bliddal, Director of the Science and Technology Committee
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250 STCEES 11 E 1 1. From 21 to 23 September 2011, a delegation of the Science and Technology Committee (STC)’s Sub-Committee on Energy and Environmental Security (STCEES) of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) visited Spain. Invited by the Head of the Spanish Delegation, Jesus Cuadrado, members from Alliance nations as well as a member from Ukraine, an associate country, participated in the visit. 2. The Sub-Committee members had the unique opportunity to visit the NATO Centre of Excellence on Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices in Hoyo de Manzanares, where a multinational team of experts provides NATO and its partner nations with expertise on fighting the challenge of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The new centre, which received its accreditation less than a year ago, currently draws on experts from five countries, with Spain as the lead nation. The parliamentarians discussed the current state of Counter-IED within NATO with the centre’s director, in particular regarding efforts in Afghanistan, and received a first-hand look at current IED technologies employed by insurgents and terrorist organizations. 3. Another focus of the visit was satellite technologies and their contribution to international security. At the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC), the delegation learned about the crucial contribution the EUSC makes by providing briefing notes, reports and maps to the EU, NATO and third nations, for example in treaty verification and non-proliferation efforts, evacuation planning and operational support to missions such as EUNAVFOR – Somalia. Also, the sub-committee was granted a look at possible future avenues for European satellites, including surveillance of space debris and sun activity. In other meetings, the satellite operator HISPASAT provided the delegates with an overview of their commercial and security-related satellite programmes. 4. Moreover, the delegation met and discussed with Spanish government and military officials on a diverse range of issues, including climate change, Spain’s strategy to foster renewable energy and cyber defence. The delegation also had the privilege of visiting the La Marañosa Institute of Technology of the Spanish Ministry of Defence, which opened its research and development facilities on the defence against weapons of mass destruction to the delegates.
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