Saturday 7 October, in the presence of Béatrice le Fraper du Hellen, France’s Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Executive Chairman of the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST), signed a framework agreement to boost the development of Malta’s space sector. CNES will thus be supporting Maltese space innovation in the fields Earth observation, downstream services, space research and technology. During the first half of this year, the Maltese presidency of the European Union signalled its goal of getting the Council conclusions on a space strategy for Europe adopted.
This first framework cooperation agreement is intended to ease access for Malta to space systems and technologies, to help it to develop applications and subsequently obtain public and private funding.
To implement the agreement, CNES and MCST will be stepping up discussions to identify relevant areas for their collaboration, focusing on development of space technologies and on evaluation metrics and methods. Cooperation will extend to sharing of good practices, training for young engineers and joint seminars and workshops to explore synergies and shared benefits within a European framework.
After the signature of the agreement, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “I am pleased to say we have had very fruitful discussions with the officials in charge of space here in Malta, which has a crucial role to play in the space sector, notably in the domain of space applications. I note that it is especially important that Malta wishes to step up its national research effort and thus contribute to shaping Europe’s space policy in the years ahead.”
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