Competitiveness/European Space Agency (ESA) joint Ministerial Council: extarcts from the joint press conference by Valérie Pécresse, Maria van der Hoeven, Günter Verheugen and Jean-Jacques Dordain
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/09/2008 First transmission: 26/09/2008
Ministers in charge of space activities within ESA and Member States of the EU met in Brussels on 26/09/2008 for the fifth Space Council.
They adopted a resolution highlighting the advances made in the implementation of the European Spacial policy, reaffirming Europe's priorities with regards to Galileo and Kopernikus and underlining its desire for new initiatives, especially on the issues of climate change and security. They also asked for stable financial support for these projects.
Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council of the EU, Maria van der Hoeven, Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs and President in office of the ESA Council, Günter Verheugen, Vice President of the EC in charge for Enterprise and Industry, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, Executive Director of the ESA gave a joint press conference after the meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Council building
||General view of the press room
||Valérie Pécresse, French Minister for Higher Education and Research and President in office of the Council of the EU, saying (in FRENCH) that it's a big step for the spatial Europe. Today was born a new actor in this matter: the European Union that will work next to the European Space Agency and Member States. Now, the European Union will have in charge the definition of the European ambitions in the space, putting space at the service of the European citizens, economy, Europe's independence and the creation of a strong European identity.
||Maria van der Hoeven, Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs and President in office of the ESA Council, saying (in ENGLISH) that she wants to underline the importance of their colleagues, who have attached to ensuring that the benefit of space reach all their citizens across all 29 Member States, to the way in which space can provide a beckon to attract the young, and to interest in science and technology, and to the need, as they extend the use of space in contributing their security, to ensure that they continue to respect the competencies of national and European bodies in this area.
||Günter Verheugen, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Enterprise and Industry, saying (in GERMAN) that in the next financial perspectives, they need stable and sustained funding for both of those flagship (Galileo and Kopernikus) products. On Kopernikus he would like to say that it was never planned as a space project which will be profitable for tax payers in terms of direct return investment. It will have an advantageous economic impact, no doubt about that, but Copernicus is a component of public infrastructure which they will have to finance with public funds.
||Jean-Jacques Dordain, Executive Director of the ESA, saying (in FRENCH) that they are developing the Galileo's constellation under the authority of the Commission; the industrial supply is on road; they are developing the three first satellites needed for Kopernikus, and then they are preparing new proposals for the next ESA Ministerial Council in November 2008, in line with the ambitions that have been defined on 26/09/2008.