ESA Council Chair defends 6-month DG selection process; incoming DG Aschbacher: ESA-EU relations will be crucial

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The head of the selection committee that vetted candidates to become director-general of the 22-nation European Space Agency (ESA) said the six-month process was conducted in strict application of ESA’s rules and was transparent to ESA governments.

Anna Rathsman, who is chair of ESA’s ruling council, said the selection process that ended with the nomination of Josef Aschbacher of Austria, now ESA’s director of Earth observation, to succeed Jan Woerner of Germany was bound by well-known ESA procedures.

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