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Romania signed the Agreement on the Accession to the European Space Agency (ESA)

on 20 January 2011

The signing ceremony of the Agreement between the Romanian Government and the European Space Agency on Romania's accession to the European Space Agency Convention took place on 20 January 2011 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The agreement was signed by Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director and Marius-Ioan Piso, CEO of the Romanian Space Agency, in the presence of Teodor Baconschi, Foreign Minister of Romania, cosmonaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, President of the Scientific Council of the Romanian Space Agency and several personalities. The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1975, with 18 Member States. ESA, which is considered the most important European intergovernmental organization of scientifical and technological nature, having a growing role in security.

Romania has signed the first agreement with ESA in 1992, ratified by Law no. 40/1993 and followed by another agreement in 1999. Since 2006, Romania is ESA European Cooperating State.

The status of a full member state of ESA allows organizations in Romania to acces all the programs run, and this is an important technology transfer. Romania's membership of ESA leads to important safeguards for both the research and development level, and also for the national high-tech industry. The direct access to ESA space systems will enable the development of space applications for agriculture, environment, transport, disaster measurement, telemedicine.

According to the Decision of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council taken on 16 December 2010, Romania was accepted unanimously as the 19th full member.

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