On 1-2 December, Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), participated at the Ministerial Council (CM16) of the European Space Agency (ESA), in Lucerne, Switzerland. The Romanian delegation at CM16 was led by Mr. Ioan Ursu, Vice-minister, the National Education and Scientific Research Ministry.
Four Resolutions were adopted at the summit: Towards Space 4.0 for a United Space in Europe; Level of Resources for the Agency’s Mandatory Activities 2017-2021; CSG (Guiana Space Centre) (2017-2021); ESA Programmes. Additionally, a Resolution on setting up the “ESA Grand Challenge” was approved in regular Council on 30 November.
Ministers in charge for space matters from ESA’s 22 Member States plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities and programmes, based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.
The sum spread by objectives can be summarised as follows:
- Maximise the integration of space into European society and economy Amount: €2.5 billion
- Foster a globally competitive European space sector Amount: €1.4 billion
- Ensure European autonomy in accessing and using space in a safe and secure environment Amount: €1.8 billion
- Foundation: excellence in space science and technology Amount: €4.6 billion
The same amount can also be spread by programme families. (M€ at 2016 e.c.)
- Earth Observation 1370 (up to 2025)
- Telecom 1280 (up to 2024)
- Navigation 69 (up to 2021)
- Exploration 1452 (up to 2021)
- Prodex (support to Scientific Programme) 172 (up to 2021)
- Launchers 1611 (up to 2023)
- Space Safety 95 (up to 2022)
- Technology 445 (up to 2022)
- Science, Research, and Development – ESA Mandatory Activities 3813 (up to 2021)
The high level of subscriptions demonstrates once more that ESA’s Member States consider space as a strategic and attractive investment with a particularly high socio-economic value. It also underlines that ESA is the European Space Agency capable of channeling their investment to respond effectively to regional, national and European needs.
During his statement at the summit, Mr. Ioan Ursu, Vice-minister, the National Education and Scientific Research Ministry, presented the development of space activities in Romania since the last council at ministerial level and communicated Romania’s support for the Resolution for the Level of Resources.
Mr. Ursu highlighted the fact that Romania recognises activities in space research, technology and development as a major strategic area in itself, but also as a driving force for other fields. He commended the performance of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) in highly relevant Research & Development domains and their applications to space security, as well as its valuable initiatives and expert actions within ESA and beyond.
“During the last decade we have established several niches of competence and capacity and the programmatic commitments are synchronous with our actual wishes, needs and capabilities. We are glad to highlight that ESA programmes involved more than 400 professionals and more than 60 organisations in our country”, declared Mr. Ursu.
Ministers in charge of space matters declared support for ESA’s Director General’s vision for Europe in space and the role and development of ESA: now the Space 4.0 era can start with ESA committing to inform, innovate, interact and inspire.
Ministers decided to hold the next Council at ministerial level during late 2019, in Spain, under the Chairmanship of Luis de Guindos, Minister of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.
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