Advisory Report 224 Flemish priorities for optional ESA-programs – ESA Ministerial Council 2016

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On 1 and 2 December 2016 the ESA ministerial council meeting will take place. During this meeting the optional ESA-programs for the coming years and the contributions of the ESA member states for these programs are determined. Member states base their contribution on the expertise present in their country.

As the Belgian federal government is responsible for all matters concerning ESA, the federal state secretary for Science Policy will attend the ESA meeting.

With this advisory report the VRWI wishes to convince the federal government to subscribe more to those optional ESA-programs that better reflect Flanders' technological expertise, thus enhancing the presence of Flanders in them. The recommendations and priorities the VRWI suggests in the report are based on a thorough analysis of the technological strengths of the Flemish space sector (industry, academia and research centers).

A delegation of the VRWI will soon present the report and its main findings to Flemish minister of Innovation, Philippe Muyters, and federal state secretary for Science Policy, Elke Sleurs.