Debrief from 295th ESA Council

The ESA Council will meet on 16 and 17 December 2020 in its 295th session and will take some important decisions regarding the Executive’s senior management.

The Council will appoint the new ESA Director General. In addition, updates on ESA programs will be provided, particularly in regards to ESA’s Space Transportation. Space Economy will be on the agenda as well, with an analysis of the impact of COVID-19.

After the ESA Council, a debrief for the media will be organised online on 17 December 14.00-15.00.

Media registration

Press are invited to register at the following link by Wednesday 16 December.­mediaregistration

After registering, media will receive additional information and the link to the online media briefing. For further information, please contact ESA Newsroom and Media Relations Office -

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

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. Slovenia and Latvia are Associate Members.

ESA has established formal cooperation with six 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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