June 17, 2010
Visit To ESA Headquarters Of Pierre Lellouche And Werner Hoyer
Pierre Lellouche, Secretary of State responsible for European Affairs in the French Government, and Werner Hoyer, Minister Delegate for European Affairs in the German Government, who are both General Secretaries for Franco-German Cooperation, visited ESA Headquarters on June 15.
They were welcomed by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain, who presented the Agency and the status of the various projects it is carrying out in all areas of European space activity.
In their statements, both Ministers acknowledged ESA's ranking as an agency that "shines very high in the European sky", a "real manager of European programs" which, with a budget significantly lower than that allocated by other space powers around the world, has nevertheless managed to position Europe's space endeavors at the very forefront in a certain number of key areas for Europe and its citizens. They welcomed ESA and space as an area that is providing responses for technologies of the future. The challenges that lie ahead in the areas of defense and manned space exploration were also noted.
The Ministers likewise drew attention to the advent of a European space policy, as part of the new institutional framework created by the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, and ESA's necessarily key role in implementing it.
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