ESA budget about flat in 2021; lower member-state contributions offset by European Commission increase

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The European Space Agency’s budget for 2021 will show a top-line reduction of 2.7% from 2020, reflecting a sharp drop in contributions from ESA’s 22 member states but an increase in expected payments from the European Commission.

The agency’s budget has been growing in recent years as its member governments have approved new programs at ministerial conferences held every three years.

ESA’s November 2019 ministerial approved a record 14.4 billion euros ($16.1 billion) in new spending . . .

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