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From: Dan Dubrick
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Date: 2003-07-12 23:32:00
Subject: 7\08 France, Germany to pursue closer cooperation

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CNES PRESS RELEASE

Paris, 8 July 2003

Germany and France to pursue closer coopération toward a strong
european space industry

Professor Sigmar Wittig, Chairman of the Executive Board of the
German Aerospace Centre DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und
Raumfahrt), and Yannick d'Escatha, President of CNES (Centre National
d'Etudes Spatiales), held a first meeting of the joint Executive
Committee on 3 July 2003 in Cologne, Germany, within the framework of
the agreement the two agencies signed last year. The purpose of the
meeting was to lay plans for closer cooperation and to define a
strategic blueprint for a strong European space industry.

Said Sigmar Wittig: "closer cooperation between Germany and France in
space will give fresh impetus to science and technology in Europe and
enable us to play a bigger role on the international stage. This is a
material and a political necessity to secure our future."

CNES President Yannick d'Escatha said he was looking forward to
"increasing exchanges to strengthen the ties between our agencies so
that we can capitalize on our complementary expertise; coordinating
our positions more closely within ESA; and consolidating bilateral
cooperation, in particular on Earth observation-a key area for
GMES-and on future launch vehicles, telecommunications and satellite
navigation." 

French-German cooperation is crucial to boost Europe's presence in
space, in particular to assure access to space through the Ariane 5
launcher, following the ESA Ministerial Council meeting on 27 May
2003. DLR and CNES, two strong partners working together under the
agreement signed in 2002, shoulder over 50% of the work share in ESA
programmes and more than 70% in launchers.

To assure Europe's long-term access to space, DLR and CNES have
decided for 2003-2004 to:

Pursue closer cooperation in Earth observation by conceiving new
space-based assets
Exploit the complementarity between optical and radar data, and
undertake actions to prepare for Europe's independent GMES programme
(Global Monitoring for Environment and Security)-the next major
challenge on the horizon after the Galileo satellite navigation
programme
Cooperate on the next generation of launch systems decided at the
ESA Council meeting in May
Develop joint positions aimed at establishing a European space
strategy and space policy, including the role of space in the future
European Constitution and preparation of the White Paper that will
lay the framework for Europe's future space policy
Craft proposals regarding the necessary reform of ESA's
decision-making and funding processes, as part of European Union
enlargement
Strengthen cooperation on research and technology, in particular by
capitalizing on the agencies' complementary areas of expertise
The next meeting of the agencies' joint Executive Committee,
scheduled early in 2004, will provide the opportunity to review the
initial results of these cooperative efforts and define additional
objectives. 

cnes-presse{at}cnes.fr

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