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Lithuania signs an agreement with the European Space Agency

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2014 10 08

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Minister of Economy Evaldas Gustas signed the Agreement of European Cooperating State (ECS) with the European Space Agency (ESA). O behalf of ESA, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain signed the Agreement. This Agreement is aimed to create possibilities for the businessmen and researchers of our country to participate in the acknowledged world class international science, technology and innovation network.

At the Agreement signing ceremony, Minister Gustas said in his speech that the Government of the Republic of Lithuania is paying more than ever considerable attention to the space policy. ‘The main objective of the space policy of Lithuania is continuous pursue of knowledge, economic growth and the benefits that space technologies bring. Today, it is very much important that we are not eliminated from the process of the new space economy development.  Closer cooperation with ESA is therefore a cornerstone of our space policy,’ he said.

In February 2013, ESA experts carried out the science and business technology audit of the Lithuanian space area. They found that Lithuania has a sufficiently strong technology potential in the fields like life sciences, biotechnology, information technology, microelectronics and optoelectronics, mechatronics, laser science and technology and other fields, and may therefore be an author of space technology and services, which generate high value added, in addition to just being the user.  Under this background, Lithuania has been invited to move to a closer cooperation phase with ESA and thereby signs the ECS Agreement and begins to participate in the ESA programmes. 

Within the framework of this Agreement, ESA will annually announce its calls for proposals  to take part in the ESA programmes. And these calls will be entirely dedicated to research establishments and enterprises of Lithuania. The ESA programmes cover fields like astrophysics, microelectronics, robotics, materials science, mechatronics, information technology, geoinformatics and many others. The participation in the ESA programmes will help radically address the problems of scientific excellence and increase the level of internationalisation as well as more rapid commerialisation of research results.