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The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research is organising the conference 'Research Connection 2009 - networking our way to a research future' in Prague, Czech Republic, on 7 and 8 May.

The event is intended for scientists, entrepreneurs and researchers looking to learn more about successful EU-funded research and funding opportunities and to meet reliable partners for new projects.

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The first negotiations meeting for the accession of Romania to the Convention of the European Space Agency (ESA) was held in Bucharest on 27 March at the Romanian Space Agency. The ESA delegation was led by Mr. Peter Hulsroj, director of international relations and legal issues. The Romanian delegation was led by Mr. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency. During the discussions there was set the technological and legal framework, and also there was established a preliminary timetable for Romania's accession to the ESA Convention.


Romania is the third of the former INTERCOSMOS countries to obtain the status of European Cooperating State of the European Space Agency (ESA), as the Czech Republic and Hungary. The agreement will be signed in Bucharest in the presence of Prime Minister, DL. Călin Popescu-Tăriceanu, the Secretary of State for Science and Technology, Mr. Anton Anton, the General General of ESA, Mr.. Jean-Jacques Dordain and the Romanian Space Agency President, Mr.. Marius-Ioan Piso, on 17 February 2006.

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Expressions of interest for the SECURITY programme shall be sent on the Romanian Space Agency address Bucharest, 21-25 Mendeleev Street, Sector 1, code 010362 or by fax: + 40-21-3128804 until 15 September 2005, 17.00.