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National Points of Contact

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The ECSL encourages the establishment of National Points of Contact (NPOCs) in ESA Member States. This growing network of NPOCs facilitates contacts with the ECSL members within each Member State and is key in promoting and organising ECSL events and activities. The NPOC is the interface between the ECSL and its members at national level.

ECSL encourages the establishment of National Points of Contact (NPOCs) to facilitate contact with ECSL members, the dissemination of information and the organisation of activities. NPOCs act as an interface between the members and ECSL at the national level.

To date, there are NPOCs set up in 16 ESA Member and Cooperating States: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and the UK. Their status differs depending on whether an institute or centre for space law exists in the country and on the legal structure chosen by its members.

Becoming a NPOC

NPOCs are decided by the ECSL Board during its bi-annual meetings.

The procedure for becoming a NPOC consists of 3 stages:

1. An official application must be made in writing to the ECSL Board. This shall include information relating:

  • The extent of space activity (especially space law) in the Member State concerned
  • The level of ECSL membership in the Member State
  • The nature and extent of the candidate's prior involvement in space law
  • The ability of the candidate to represent the ECSL and comply with the ordinary duties of a NPOC in the scheme of ECSL activities, namely promoting the ECSL, providing information to members and organising events at national level.

2. This official application should be accompanied by an opinion of the ESA delegation of the Member State concerned. This should be sought and obtained, where practicable, by the ESA Representative to the ECSL Board

3. The official application and ESA delegation opinion shall then be put before the ECSL Board for approval.

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