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A Giant Leap For Space Activities In Europe

European Union building, Brussels.
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (SPX) May 17, 2007
Ministers in charge of space activities in ESA's Member States and those responsible for the internal market, industry and research in the European Union's Competitiveness Council, are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday 22 May to adopt the European Space Policy.

The meeting will be chaired jointly by Parliamentary State Secretary and Federal Government Coordinator of Aerospace Policy, Peter Hintze, for the Competitiveness Council, and Maria van der Hoeven, the Netherlands' Minister of Economic Affairs and current chair of the ESA Council at ministerial level. It will take place in the Justus Lipsius building (the Headquarters of the Council of the European Union, Rue de la Loi, Brussels) from 09.30 to 10.45 hrs.

The outcome of this fourth meeting of the Space Council will be presented at a press conference at the Justus Lipsius press centre, starting at about 11.15 hrs, in the presence of the two chairpersons. GŁnter Verheugen, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, and Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA Director General, will also be taking part.

Media representatives wishing to attend the press conference are kindly requested to fill in the attached accreditation form.

On 19 May, ESA TV will transmit B-roll with pre-event footage covering the adoption of the European Space Policy. On 22 May, "Europe by Satellite" will cover the press conference. For details, go here.

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