In the frame of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU a two days conference “Balkans from Space – Space-based services for regional strategies in the digital economy: Balkan & Black Sea Perspectives” was organized on April 18-19, 2018, in Sofia. Coordinated efforts to develop a regional research and development strategy for innovation were launched as early as 2009 by the ministers from the Western Balkans responsible for science and research, the European Union commissioner for science and research, joined later by the World Bank. Earth observation provides significant contributions to the digital economy through a series of innovative services and a wealth of data. Pilot projects, developed notably under ESA programmes, have demonstrated capabilities to support Blue Growth, Agriculture, Water Management and Security and Stability policies.
SLICE3D and the University of Ljubljana were represented by Krištof Oštir, who had a presentation of Earth observation for land resources monitoring and management in Slovenia, and participated in the panel discussion addressing sustainability.