ESA director-general’s job at risk as 2 member nations question his soloist tendency & ESA-EU relations

by Peter B. de Selding

BAVENO, Italy — European government and industry officials meeting here to celebrate the success Copernicus environment-monitoring network 20 years after it was proposed did their best to minimize the friction between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission.

But while latent, the tension remains high enough to threaten the renewal of the four-year contract of ESA Director-General Jan Woerner.

Woerner’s term ends in 12 months. In a statement responding to questions on June 22, he said he was “eager to work for a second . . .

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