As part of the government's visit to the Notranjsko-Kraska region, the representatives of the Slovenian government and the European Space Agency's (ESA) signed on Wednesday at the Sneznik castle an agreement on cooperation between the government and the agency.
Both sides wish the cooperation to be long and productive, said Mojca Kucler Dolinar, the Slovenian minister of higher education, science and technology, and Rene Oosterlinck, ESA director of legal affairs and external relations, who signed the document that is eventually to lead to full membership in the agency.
According to the minister, Slovenia is ready to take part actively in the efforts for the peaceful use of what space has to offer. Slovenian companies and scientists are proving that - the Slovenian company C3M is for example already waiting for the first Slovenian experiment in space, she said.
As a start of deeper cooperation, the ministry and ESA will organise presentations for businesses and scientists in Slovenia in September to bring space research closer to the people.
The European Space Agency is in charge of the development of European space research. It includes 17 member states - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
The agency is also active in space for the development of better weather forecasts and satellite TV, while the systems set in space also bring benefits for health care, education, and transport systems.
Satellites help in preventing the consequences of natural disasters and in search and rescue missions. Nevertheless, an important task of the ESA is also the improvement of possibilities for pollution detection and the control of the environment and climate change.
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