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Call for Media: ESA Council Meeting at Ministerial Level Moves to Naples


- ESA and the Italian space agency have jointly decided to move the venue of the upcoming Council at Ministerial level, initially scheduled to take place in Caserta on 20–21 November, to the close city of Naples.

ESA was informed at the end of last week that the Italian authorities, as the result of a safety inspection, had not authorised the use of part of the Royal Palace of Caserta for the meeting.

Consequently, ESA and the Italian space agency, ASI, have jointly decided to hold the Ministerial Council at Mostra d’Oltremare in Naples, where the International Astronautical Congress took place a few weeks ago.

The change of location will not affect the planned overall programme, nor the detailed timeline of the meetings.

Media wishing to attend must be accredited by 5 November. To obtain a personal access badge, press credentials are required for accreditation. The passport or national ID card listed on the accreditation form must be shown at the venue. No other means of identification will be accepted. For accreditation, please fill out the Media Accreditation form.

For this new venue, ESA is not arranging accommodation for media.

A background note covering the objectives and programmatic aspects for debate and tabled for discussion will be issued by early November.

Provisional press programme

Please note that the proceedings are not open to media.

Monday, 19 November
14:00–19:00 Opening of Press Centre & accreditation formalities

Tuesday, 20 November
08:00 Opening of Press Centre & accreditation formalities
08:45–09:00 Opportunity for photographers to be in the conference room
09:00 Council meeting at ministerial level starts (not open to media)
11:15 Press briefing: introduction to the Council deliberations
12:45 Official group photo of Ministers (for professional photographers only)
13:00 Lunch break
15:00 Meeting resumes
18:00 End of meeting followed by press briefing

Wednesday, 21 November
08:00 Opening of Press Centre
09:00 Meeting resumes (not open to media)
12:30 or 17:00 Expected end of meeting, followed by a press conference with the ESA Director General and the Chairs of the Council at ministerial level
20:00 Press Centre closes

All requests for interviews should be addressed to ESA Media Relations at the Press Centre.


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