Press Release

EU Research Commissioner to discuss space activities in China

By SpaceRef Editor
April 2, 2004
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EU Research Commissioner to discuss space activities in China

European Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin will visit China 6-11 April
2004 to discuss a range of research issues and co-operation in space. Accompanied
by a delegation of high-level European space representatives, Busquin will
propose to launch an EU-China dialogue on space co-operation including ESA
and national space agencies.

The European Union and the People’s Republic of China have already expressed
their mutual willingness to strengthen co-operation in space activities. Under
a September 2003 agreement, China can now participate in the highly strategic
GALILEO Programme, a move welcomed by European and Chinese leaders at the EU-China
Summit the following month.

The two sides have also expressed satisfaction with progress in Sino-European
scientific and technological co-operation, including participation in the EU’s
Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). Under FP6, Chinese research partners can take
part, for the first time, in EU-funded projects in all areas of scientific

High-level exchange
During his April 2004 trip, Commissioner Busquin will meet with representatives
of the Chinese government administrations, research institutes and leading
industrial actors. The overall objective of the visit will be to exchange
views with Chinese counterparts on the current state of co-operation in the
space sector and on areas that can support further collaboration, including
opportunities for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

New dialogue to be proposed
The Commissioner also intends to propose the setting-up of a dialogue whose
objective would be to facilitate and carry forward China-EU space exchange
and foster continued co-operation in the space sector.

The dialogue would help identify areas of mutual interest and promote concrete
joint actions, in compliance with the objectives of their respective White
Paper on Space.

SpaceRef staff editor.