Romanian Space Agency to host Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe


The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) will be hosting a Citizens’ Debate on Space for Europe on September 10.

In a press statement released on Friday, ROSA says this is the first time that the future of Europe’s space is tackled at such an event.

“This consultation on an unprecedented scale is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA) simultaneously in all the ESA’s 22 member states using a unique methodology,” the statement says.

Expected to attend the event are nearly 2,000 European citizens.

ROSA says that the number of places available for Romanian nationals is about 100, with the shortlisted participants to be informed about having been picked. No participation fee is charged.

During the event, the citizens are offered an opportunity to comment on present or future priorities in the space programmes. The results of the meeting will be centralised and submitted to the European Space Agency to serve as recommendations from European citizens for space strategies.

The location of the ROSA consultation in Bucharest will be announced soon on the web page of the event, the section for Romania, as well as the ROSA website. The event will last from 09:00hrs to 17:00hrs, EEST.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation established in 1975 to develop Europe’s space capabilities and make sure that space investments generate benefits for European citizens and the entire world. There are 22 ESA member states: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, including 20 that are also EU member states. ESA has established formal cooperation with seven more EU countries, while Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a cooperation agreement.