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N° 43–2016: Call for Media: ESA Council meeting at ministerial level, Lucerne, Switzerland, 1–2 December 2016

16 November 2016

ESA’s Ministerial Council will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland on 1–2 December. Ministers in charge of space activities from the 22 ESA Member States and Canada will meet to decide on future space activities for Europe.

The meeting will further the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.

A background note on the objectives and programmatic aspects tabled for discussion was issued on 14 November 2016 (ESA PR 42-2016).


Media wishing to attend must be accredited by Wednesday, 23 November. To obtain a personal access badge, press credentials are required for accreditation.

The passport or national ID card listed on the accreditation form must be shown at the venue. No other means of identification will be accepted.

For accreditation, please fill out the form at:

Address of event: Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne (KKL), Europaplatz 1, CH-6005 Lucerne

For this new venue, ESA is not arranging accommodation for media.

Press programme (provisional; all times CET)

Thursday, 1 December
Opening of Press Centre and accreditation formalities

Opportunity for photographers to visit the conference room

Council meeting at ministerial level starts (not open to media)

Press briefing: introduction to the Council deliberations

Official group photo of Ministers (for professional photographers only)

Lunch break

Meeting resumes

Expected end of meeting


Press Centre closes


Friday, 2 December
Opening of Press Centre and accreditation formalities

Council meeting at ministerial level starts (not open to media)

Expected end of meeting, followed by a press conference with the ESA Director General and the outgoing chair(s) and incoming chair of the Council at Ministerial Level.  Meeting not expected to go beyond 15:00

Press Centre closes

All requests for interviews should be addressed to ESA Media Relations at the Press Centre.


ESA TV will provide: 

Videos 21–29 November explaining what is at stake in Lucerne for each ESA programme Directorate will  be transmitted via ESA TV platforms (ESA TV ftp, EbS).

ESA TV will edit highlights before, during and after the conference and put them in a dedicated folder on ESA TV FTP news site: Login: esa/ Password ftp4esa

All details will be available at:



The latest high-resolution images can be found at:
ESA’s Multimedia Gallery:

ESA’s Photo Library for Professionals:
Media image queries can be directed to


Social media

ESA will cover events on Social Media via the following channels:

Twitter:  Hashtag #ESACM16

Additional coverage will be available via:
Facebook :

Questions may be asked via

Twitter: Hashtag #ESACM16

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of which 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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For further information, please contact:


ESA Media Relations Office

Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99