ESA’s Moscow Office, officially named ‘ESA Permanent Mission in the Russian Federation’, represents the Agency in Russia. It was established in 1995 by an agreement between ESA and the Russian Government. The office has diplomatic status and is located in the centre of Moscow.
Roles and responsibilities
The ESA Moscow Office represents ESA in Russia at all relevant levels. The Office follows up and reports to ESA about the development and implementation of Russia’s space policy and programmes. Its primary objective is to foster cooperation between Europe and Russia in space at political and programme levels.
To this end, the Moscow Office maintains close working relations with the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos, Russian governmental bodies, representatives of ESA Member States in Russia, and the Delegation of the European Commission.
The ESA Moscow Office reports to ESA’s External Relations Department at the Agency’s headquarters in Paris. René Pischel is the Head of the Office. The Office team is made up of local employees, who include engineers, administrative assistants and a translator.