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20 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

on 12 February 2015

In 2015 we celebrate 20 years since the establishment of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) as a public institution entirely self-funded, operating under Government Decision no. 923/20.11.1995 and the subsequent decisions of the Ministry of Education and Research - National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation, on which occasion a series of activities will be organised  in order to celebrate this milestone in the history of the space field in Romania. Events and competitions will be organised under the coordination ROSA in order to celebrate 20 years of success in terms of research, science and diplomacy, but also a rich history of the Romanian Space Agency, which began in 1968.

That year marked the establishment of the interministerial committee CRAS - the "Romanian Commission for Space Activities", whose purpose was to coordinate the development of national space activities. The establishment of the committee came at the same time with the international development of Intercosmos Programme in 1967, in which Romanian researchers were involved, the first space experiment with Romanian participation taking place back in 1972. The Romanian achievements in space culminated on 14 May 1981 when the first Romanian was sent to space, Dumitru Dorin Prunariu.

Since 1991, the coordination of the space activities in Romania and stronger collaboration in European and international space programs is achieved through the establishment of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), within the Ministry of Education and Technology, which was reorganised in 1995 by Government Decision (H.G. 923 / 20.11.1995), so that 20 years ago ROSA became public institution entirely self-funded.

As a government institution, ROSA has concluded international agreements on behalf of the Romanian Government. The activity of the Romanian Space Agency is linked to the first agreement between Romania and the European Space Agency (ESA) on space cooperation for peaceful purposes on 11 December 1992. This was followed in 1999 by the Romania - ESA agreement  on the Cooperation for peaceful exploration and use of outer space, and in February 2006 by Romania's accession to the Programme for European Cooperating States - PECS) ESA, a result of ROSA efforts too.

On 2 December 2014,  ROSA President, Marius-Ioan Piso, member of the Romanian delegation, was present at the ESA Ministerial Council following which Romania joined the optional programs on the exploitation of the International Space Station and the development of the new European rocket, Ariane 6.