The meeting of the 9th EU-ESA Space Council will take place between 11:15 and 13:00 on Tuesday 28 May 2019, debating the theme ‘Space as an enabler’. Members of the media are invited to attend a press conference at 13:15 at the LEX Building in Brussels, where Spain’s Minister for Science, Innovation and Universities Pedro Duque and Nicolae Hurduc, Minister for Research and Innovation of Romania will speak.
The press conference will also be streamed online on the EU’s website. ESA Director General Jan Wörner will be available for comment following the presentation by the ministers of their conclusion of the Space Council.
The Space Council was established to coordinate and facilitate cooperative activities between the European Community and ESA through their Framework Agreement, which was adopted in 2003 and entered into force in May 2004. ESA and the EU signed their ‘Joint Statement on Shared Vision and Goals for the Future of European Space’ in 2016.
The meeting takes place on the margins of the EU Competitiveness Council, where ministers will also have a policy debate on the EU’s role in global space policy.
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European Space Agency (ESA) Council at ministerial level (roundtable)
Policy debate: Space as an enabler
13:30 Press conference
The event will be held at LEX Building, 145 rue de la Loi, Brussels, Belgium.
Access to LEX building will be granted upon presentation of:
- valid inter-institutional press card;
- 1-year Council badge;
- If you have none of the above, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org attaching an assignment letter and ID
- Media representatives attending the Informal dinner of heads of state or government, taking place in the nearby Europa building on the same day, can access the LEX building with the badge valid for this event (Please see EU website here for details of how to request the badge and where to collect it).
Photos and video coverage of the event will be available for preview and download on http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu
Livestream of press conference on http://video.consilium.europa.eu and http://www.esa.int
For background information see: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Law_at_ESA/Space_Council_Meetings and https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/policies/eu-space-programmes/
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. Slovenia is an Associate Member.
ESA has established formal cooperation with six 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 as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.
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. ESA also has a strong applications programme developing services in Earth observation, navigation and telecommunications.
For further information, please contact:
ESA Newsroom and Media Relations