On 13 July, ESA Member States unanimously approved the accession of Poland to the ESA Convention. ESA’s Director General is now mandated to sign the Accession Agreement together with the Minister of Economy of Poland, Mr Waldemar Pawlak.
Poland will now start its internal ratification process. Once this procedure is completed, Poland will deposit its instruments of accession with the Government of the French Republic and become the 20th ESA Member State.
Poland will participate as of today as an observer in ESA Council.
Poland has been a European Cooperating State since the signature of its ECS agreement in April 2007. The Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS) Charter was signed in April 2008 in Warsaw. More than 42 PECS projects are under way in Poland, with a total budget of €11 million.