At the 25th French-Spanish summit in Malaga between President François Hollande and Mariano Rajoy, Head of the Spanish government, CNES and CDTI1 signed a framework agreement intended to step up cooperation between the two nations in space. CDTI is a government agency dedicated to supporting and funding development of new technologies, R&D and innovation in Spanish firms and research organizations.
” Through this framework agreement, France and Spain are reaffirming their desire to harmonize efforts pursued through their national programmes, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union. To this end, they are committed to working closely together on multilateral projects, identifying priority areas for cooperation to enable strategic coordination and helping to implement the space strategy for Europe.
The five-year framework agreement also provides for exchanging personnel, organizing higher education internships and setting up working groups focused on specific space issues.
CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “I am delighted to have signed this framework agreement that will enable us to step up our cooperation with Spain, both through bilateral initiatives and multilateral projects with ESA and the European Union. In 2005, CNES was the first space agency in Europe to establish partnership ties with Spain and gauge the development potential of its space industry. The success of the SMOS mission conducted jointly by CNES