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N° 37–2016: Call for Media: Press briefing on Ministerial Council (CM16)

21 October 2016

ESA’s Director General Jan Woerner will meet the press on Monday,  7 November, to provide an overview of the upcoming Council at ministerial level.

ESA’s Ministerial Council (CM16) is being held in Lucerne, Switzerland, on 1 and 2 December 2016. Ministers in charge of space activities from the 22 ESA Member States and Canada will meet to decide on future space activities for Europe.


CM16 will further the vision of a ‘United Space in Europe’ in the new era of Space 4.0.


The briefing takes place at ESA headquarters: 8 rue Mario Nikis, 75015 Paris, France. The event begins at 08:30 CEST; doors open at 08:00 CEST. Breakfast will be served.


For accreditation, please register at:

before Tuesday, 2 November.


The press conference will not be web streamed, but a recording will be put online within 24 hours later.


Update 8 November: Replay of the the press conference now available.

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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ESA Media Relations Office

Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99