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11 years since Romania’s accession to ESA

on 20 January 2022

Today, 20 January, Romania celebrates 11 years since the signature of the Agreement between the Government of Romania and the European Space Agency on Romania's accession to the ESA Convention.

The ceremony took place in 2011 and back then it brought together Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General and Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency, along with Teodor Baconschi, Romania's Foreign Minister, the cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu, and other personalities.

The event took place following the decision of ESA's Council on 16 December 2010, when Romania was unanimously accepted as the 19th full member of ESA.

The collaboration between Romania and ESA started a long time ago. In 1992, Romania was one of the first Eastern European countries to sign a cooperation agreement with ESA in the field of peaceful use of outer space, paving the way for Romanian participation in several research projects, along with other European countries.

The cooperation relationship between ESA was strengthened in October 1999, when they signed a five-year framework cooperation agreement, and later with the signing of the European Cooperation Agreement in 2006.

Romania co-investigated several ESA missions (such as Cluster, Herschel, Planck, SOHO and Gaia), and participated in Earth Observation (EDUSPACE), microgravity and exploration (SURE) and technology activities (IAP telemedicine project).

By obtaining the status of full ESA Member State, Romania proved to have competitive scientific and technical capacities at an European level, thus obtaining the same rights as the other ESA Member States and the access to opportunities for continuous technological, scientific and human resources development.

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