European Space Agency adopts budget of nearly 17b euros

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PARIS — The European Space Agency (ESA) said Wednesday it has adopted a budget of nearly 17 billion euros for the three next years, a significant increase but less than requested by its director-general.اضافة اعلان

The ESA’s 22 member states, whose ministers have been meeting for two days in Paris, decided on a new budget of 16.9 billion euros to fund space exploration, rocket launchers, climate change monitoring, and other projects.

That marks a 17-percent increase from the 14.5 billion euros agreed at the last ministerial council meeting in 2019, but is short of the 18.5 billion requested by ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher.

“With inflation being so high, I have to say that I’m very impressed by this figure,” Aschbacher told the meeting.

He added that the increased funds were necessary for Europe not to “miss the train” in the face of competition from the US and China.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire hailed it a “great success” that was “beyond expectations”.

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