At ESA ministerial, standout speeches from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands and Portugal

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Individual European governments and intergovernmental agencies used the Nov. 19 Intermediate Ministerial Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) to announce where they were putting their priorities and investing their budgets.

The heads of delegations from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands and Portugal gave statements that stood out by their clarity and content, as did Europe’s maritime safety agency, EMSA, and the meteorological satellite agency, Eumetsat.

Takeaways from the agency statements:

-- Belgium, ESA's fifth-largest government contributor, wants . . .

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