By Oisin Sweeney • 25 December 2020 • 19:57
THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) hopes that Britain can remain on-board their EU-funded space programmes after Brexit.
The ESA has expressed their desire for Britain to remain in EU-funded European space programmes after they leave the bloc. As the space agency is non-governmental Britain’s membership is not in question, though certain projects that rely on EU funding could pose issues for future British collaboration in some programmes.
These include the Copernicus satellite programme, which has done groundbreaking work in monitoring the Earth. It is funded directly by the EU via its member states and therefore poses a problem to future British collaboration on the widescale project.
The ESA’s general director Jan Woerner said he hoped the UK’s departure from the EU would not hinder its important role in the ESA. “We have not only the UK we have also Switzerland and Norway”, he said, highlighting the role of other non-EU countries in the agency.
He said Norway and Switzerland “have agreements with the EU and I hope that also the UK will have agreements in the future which allows us to forget about Brexit” in relation to Britain’s role in the ESA’s ambitious space projects.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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