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EUROPEAN MINISTERS DECIDE TO INVEST IN SPACE TO BOOST EUROPE'S COMPETITIVENESS AND GROWTH

15/12/2014 395 views 0 likes
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The latest ESA Ministerial Council took place in November 2012, where ministers in charge of of space activities in ESA's 20 Member States and Canada, met in Naples, Italy, to agree to undertake new initiatives in several fields and endorse the next phases of a set of ongoing programmes.

The decisions were a further step towards giving Europe the means to respond to global challenges. In keeping with the European Space Policy, designed in cooperation with the European Union, the measures will further strengthen Europe’s role in the development and exploitation of space applications serving public policy objectives and the needs of European citizens and enterprises.

These decisions have particular relevance at the present time, showing as they do Europe’s determination to invest in space as a key sector providing for innovation, economic growth, strategic independence and the preparation of the future. Resolutions were adapted recognising that space is a strategic asset and that it is of fundamental importance for the independence, security and prosperity of Europe.

These decisions have particular relevance at the present time, showing as they do Europe’s determination to invest in space as a key sector providing for innovation, economic growth, strategic independence and the preparation of the future. Resolutions were adapted recognising that space is a strategic asset and that it is of fundamental importance for the independence, security and prosperity of Europe.

The Ministerial Council 2012 was concluded by the adoption of four Resolutions: 
- Resolution on the role of ESA in sustaining competitiveness and growth in Europe; 
- Resolution on the level of resources for the Agency’s Mandatory activities 2013–2017; 
- Resolution on the CSG (2012-2017); and 
- Political Declaration towards the European Space Agency that best serves Europe.

For more on ESA Ministerial Council 2012, see ESA Press Release37-2012:http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Ministerial_Council_2012/European_Ministers_decide_to_invest_in_space_to_boost_Europe_s_competitiveness_and_growth and Watch the Press Conference Video:http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Ministerial_Council_2012/Watch_the_replay_Ministerial_Council_press_conference