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Position of the Romanian Space Agency on Romania's contribution and benefits as member state of ESA

on 31 December 2012

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) draws attention to providing accurate and complete information to the public regarding Romania's involvement in the space domain. ROSA distances itself from any allegations recently published an non-governmental organization self-titled the Aeronautics and Cosmonautics Romanian Association (ARCA).

Since 2011, Romania became the 19th member of the European Space Agency (ESA), being represented by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) according to law 262 of 7 December 2011. Romania's accession to ESA is the result of many years of efforts begun by ROSA since 1992 when Romania was one of the first eastern European country to sign a cooperation agreement with ESA in the peaceful uses of outer space.

As a member state, Romania pays to ESA, not to ROSA, a fee that for the next seven years will be 85 million of euros. In 2013, it will be 1 euro per capita, while an EU citizen contributes with 15 euro a year per capita, and an American with $ 200 a year.

A major benefit of joining the ESA is the development of industry and national economy. A basic principle of ESA operation is that every dollar invested in ESA as contributions returns to the country by providing ESA contracts to the Romanian suppliers.

The Romanian suppliers, among which may include non-governmental organizations, are invited to ESA closed auctions only because Romania became a member of ESA. Any financing obtained from ESA thorugh a contract is part of the 82 million euros invested by Romania in ESA and which are thus returning to the country. Any ESA contract made ​​by a Romanian supplier therefore paid from public funds.

Given these recent statements, ROSA moves away from the recent declarations of a nongovernmental from Ramnicu Valcea, which at the beginning of the organization (1998) agreed to support its space actions. Because of continuously breaing the objectives promised in the 15 years, ROSA distanced itself from the organization, which enjoys a professionally promotion, but so far unsupported by concrete, scientific or technological successes.

In recent ESA international competitions, but also National within the Programme of Research, Development and Innovation STAR - Technology Space and Advanced Research (Space tehcnology and Advanced Research), this non-govenrmentam organization has received from the international evaluators a score below the minimum acceptable in order to receive funding. Of the 117 projects submitted, the four ARCA projects were located on place 95, 104, 105 and 114 after evaluation. The foreign evaluators ranking list for all 117 submitted projects is available here.

The Romanian Space Agency engages a number of more than 600 researchers from institutions, universities and leading companies in Romania in conducting scientific and technological research projects.

Over the years, ROSA led the strategy for Romania's accession to the European and international organizations in the field of space. Romania's accession to ESA in December 2011 is the result of many years of efforts started by the Romanian Space Agency since 1992 when it signed its first cooperation agreement with ESA in the peaceful uses of outer space.

Thanks to the efforts ROSA, the Romanian researchers participated as co-investigators at ESA space missions such as Planck, Herschel, SOHO, COROT, Cluster, Gaia. Also, Romania was involved in ESA missile launchers programme - Ariane, critical components of it being made ​​by a machine designed and manufactured in Romania.