Ambassador Sorin Ducaru was elected Director of the European Union Satellite Center (EU SATCEN), being the first Romanian leadership position of an intergovernmental agency within the EU, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) informs in a press release on Wednesday.
According to the cited source, the vote took place on Tuesday in the SATCEN Board, under the political coordination of the Council of the EU, through the Political and Security Committee (PSC).
“The Romanian candidate has obtained a qualified majority of the votes of the Member States in the first ballot. This vote validates a representative of Romania’s achievement of the first position of an agency in the EU. The support of the member states for obtaining this leadership position of an agency within the EU reflects, beyond the quality of the candidacy, the recognition of Romania’s role and contribution to the Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as to the EU Common Security and Defense Strategy in line with the EU Global Strategy and also with the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council,” the release mentions.
Romania, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense, is also a beneficiary of SATCEN’s products and services, supporting the increased level of ambition regarding the development and modernization of the agency, including SATCEN’s contributions to the European Space Program, MAE specifies.
“Since the beginning of this year, Romania has been part of the consortium for the Space Surveillance and Tracking Program, a program that benefits from the SATCEN services,” the press release explains.