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Summary of Treaty

Official Title Framework Agreement between the European Community and the European Space Agency
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Place of Signature Brussels
Date of Signature 25/11/2003
Date of Entry Into Force 28/05/2004
Duration Definite
Objective of Agreement To define the principles and mechanisms of a reinforced cooperation between the European Community and the European Space Agency.
Remarks This Framework Agreement is concluded for a period of four years. It shall be automatically extended for subsequent periods of four years unless written notification of any of the parties of the intention to terminate it, notification to be due at least one year prior to the expiration of any of the periods of duration. The Agreement is based on the principles of efficiency and mutual benefit in order to avoid any duplication of effort to achieve a coherent and progressive development of an overall European Space Policy. It provides for: • A link between demand for services and applications using space systems in support of the Community policies. • Common basis and appropriate operational arrangements. • Cooperation mechanisms subject to the applicable laws, tasks and regulations in force on each side, including financial provisions, and in full respect of their institutional settings. • Cooperation objectives: securing Europe’s independence access to space; ensuring that the European Space Policy takes into particular account the policies pursued by the Community; consolidate the cooperation between the Parties, linking demand and supply and, achieving coherence and synergy of research and development to optimise resources.
OJ Reference L261, 06/08/2004, p. 64
Depositary Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, European Space Agency
Authentic Texts Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Research and Innovation
advanced technology industry
Entry into force conditions Article 12 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 11 Agreement
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council Decision of 29 April 2004 on the conclusion of the Framework Agreement between the European Community and the European Space Agency; OJ L261 of 06/08/2004, p.63
Competence Exclusive
Legal Basis Treaty EC: Article 170

Last Update :   09/11/2007