Between ESA and the European Commission, a ‘long engagement.’ Happy marriage still to be confirmed

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The 27-nation European Commission and the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) appear far from concluding a Framework Agreement on how they will work together despite months of negotiations.

That was the conclusion drawn from the 10th European Space Council of the European Union and ESA, held Nov. 20.

The two organizations have a history of friction over who has what responsibility, a friction that has not been eased by the creation of the European Union Agency for the Space . . .

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