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ESA Moves Closer to Adding Another Member -- Poland

Marcia S. Smith
Posted: 13-Jul-2012
Updated: 13-Jul-2012 03:24 PM

The European Space Agency (ESA) moved closer this week to adding another new member -- Poland.   When all is said and done, Poland will become ESA's 20th member.

The ESA Council approved Poland's accession to the ESA Convention on July 13. Poland now must go through an internal ratification process and then deposit its instruments of accession to the French government before it officially becomes an ESA member.   However, it will participate in meetings of the ESA Council as an observer until then.  It has been a "cooperating state" since 2007.

Poland will join 19 other European countries in ESA:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Repubic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • the United Kingdom

Hungary, Estonia and Slovenia continue to be European Cooperating States.  


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