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Information session from ESA’s 317th Council in Paris

A virtual tour of Marcus’s space home
© ESA–P. Sebirot
A virtual tour of Marcus’s space home © ESA–P. Sebirot

The ESA Council will hold its 317th session on 18 and 19 October 2023 in Paris, France. This session will address, among other topics, the improved sharing of Earth observation data for environmental purposes, including enhanced cooperation with Poland, and preparations for the Space Summit to be held in November 2023. An information session for media will be held at the end of the meeting on Thursday 19 October 2023 between 14:00 and 15:00 CEST.

It will be the first ESA Council meeting chaired by the new ESA Council Chair Renato Krpoun (Switzerland), who began his tenure on 1 July.

ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and Renato Krpoun will give an update to media on plans for ESA to cooperate with the UN’s Environment Programme on the use of Earth observation data and technology for the environment, as well as providing assistance to Poland for its national Earth observation project.

The 317th ESA Council meeting will provide updates to the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement between ESA and the EU.

Finally, the meeting will discuss the latest plans for a Space Summit to be held on 6 and 7 November in Seville, Spain, which will set out ESA’s visionary and ambitious plans to strengthen European competitiveness and autonomy in space.

ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher and ESA Council Chair Renato Krpoun will share the outcome of the 317th ESA Council meeting with media at ESA HQ Mario Nikis, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, 75738 Paris Cedex 15 or online via WebEX on Thursday 19 October 2023, 14:00 -15:00 CEST.
Doors open at 13:30 CEST.

Media registration

Media representatives are invited to register by 12:00 CEST on Wednesday 18 October 2023 at the latest for on-site presence in Paris or to receive access codes for the ESA WebEx online session. Only those registered will be able to ask questions.

The media information session will also be streamed via

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ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia are Associate Members.

ESA has established formal cooperation with four Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

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