European Space Agency Ministerial Council Meeting

Ministers in charge of space activities within the 18 European Space Agency Member States and Canada will meet at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands on November 25 and 26 to implement the European Space Policy and endorse the next three years of programs and initiatives. The meeting will be led by Italy.

They will discuss a number of objectives and programs, including sustaining and improving EGNOS and Galileo infrastructure.

Ministers in charge of space activities within the 18 European Space Agency Member States and Canada will meet at the World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands on November 25 and 26 to implement the European Space Policy and endorse the next three years of programs and initiatives. The meeting will be led by Italy.

They will discuss a number of objectives and programs, including sustaining and improving EGNOS and Galileo infrastructure.

In an interview with BBC news, ESA Director-General Jean-Jacques Dordain said, ""There are many more proposals than member states have money. This is good news."

Also on the agenda: the European GNSS Evolution Programme (EGEP) is proposed for extension. The proposal, covering 2009-2011, includes (1) system definition, preliminary design and support studies, (2) R&D in GNSS related technology, (3) GNSS evolution test-bed and system tools.

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