An agreement between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Finland was signed today, Wednesday 25 August 1993, at ESA Headquarters in Paris by His Excellency Matti Hakkanen, Finnish Ambassador to Paris, and Mr Jean-Marie Luton, Director General of ESA.
This agreement covers Finland's participation in ESA's General Support Technology Programme (GSTP), the primary Objective of which is to develop identified critical technologies. Finland is already contributing to the Agency's science, Earth observation and telecommunications programmes, and its participation under the terms of this agreement is to be focused in particular on studies concerned with Earth/Space telematics networks, deep space observatory facilities, and global Earth monitoring.
The agreement covers phase 1 of the GSTP, which is scheduled to last three years, with a financial envelope of ECU 31 million.
Currently an Associate Member of the Agency, Finland has opened negotiations with ESA on the formalities required for it to become a full Member State.