European Space Agency (ESA) ministerial council: extracts from the final press conference

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-059741   Duration: 10:31:57  Lieu:
End production: 26/11/2008   First transmission: 26/11/2008
The Ministers in charge of space activities in the European Space Agency's 18 Member States and Canada concluded a successful two-day Council meeting in The Hague, agreeing to undertake new initiatives in several fields and endorsing the next phases of a set of ongoing programmes. The decisions are a further step towards giving Europe the means to respond to global challenges. In keeping with the European Space Policy, designed in cooperation with the European Commission, the measures will further strengthen Europe's role in the development and exploitation of space applications serving public policy objectives and the needs of European citizens and enterprises.

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10:28:05 SOUNDBITE (Italian) by Mariastella Gelmini, Italian Minister for Education, University and Research: The choice to direct some resources to certain projects had this rational criterion to guide us in our decisions; we want to make investments which will have immediate repercussions in terms of improving life in our countries, improving the life of our fellow citizens; I am thinking about the global monitoring for environment and security which highlights the advantages in terms of global environment and security monitoring, but I will also refer to the International Space Station; we have subscribed to a commitment to meet 2012 with the possibility to extend this to 2020. 00:00:55
10:29:00 Exit from the press room of Mariaestella Gelmini 00:00:09
10:29:09 SOUNDBITE (English) by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director-General of the European Space Agency (ESA): The Science programme will increase by 3.5%per year in current economic conditions; 3.5% per year in current economic conditions is more that what we got in Berlin; in Berlin was 2.5% per year in current economic conditions. 00:00:23
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10:29:37 SOUNDBITE (English) by Jean-Jacques Dordain: In current economic conditions for the next 5 years, this represents 3.45 billion euros, which comes later in economic conditions represents 3.11 billion euros. 00:00:23
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10:30:04 SOUNDBITE (English) by Jean-Jacques Dordain: In terms of technology, significant growth of technology activities, with a growth in telecommunication technology, I think that, in total, the so-called ARTES programme is more than 600 million euros; this is a very good signal that we got from member states because it means that they take the competitiveness of telecommunication industry as a very important aspect of ESA activities and also around 400 million euros for the general GSTP (General Support Technology Programme). 00:00:46
10:30:50 Cutaways 00:00:05
10:30:55 SOUNDBITE (English) by Jean-Jacques Dordain: What we are discussing with NASA is a long-term cooperation on Mars exploration, meaning that will not be only a cooperation on ExoMars, it will be a long-term cooperation where NASA could contribute with what they call themselves an ESA lead mission -which is ExoMars- and ESA could contribute with NASA led mission; I think it is a very interesting concept. 00:00:24
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10:31:25 SOUNDBITE (English) by Jean-Jacques Dordain: The investments in space can be certainly taken at least for some investments in communication technology, where there is a real economic value in the technology because there is a commercial market behind; in ExoMars there is not a commercial market, so it is a high-level high-tech jobs but there is no perspective in getting commercial market on Mars. 00:00:32
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