The Minister of Economic Development and Technology Zdravko Počivalšek met with the Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) Johann-Dietrich Wörner to discuss the possibility of granting Slovenia the status of a full member of ESA from 2023. Slovenia has been an associate member of this organization since December 2016. The membership is valid until 2021. This information has been publicly announced by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia.
Johann-Dietrich Wörner calls Slovenia a successful member of ESA while stressing that there are opportunities for closer cooperation including in additional programmes, as well as in the implementation of business projects. In turn, Zdravko Počivalšek notes that the final decision has not yet been made, but Slovenia is “approaching the goal” to become a full member of ESA, which “will create new opportunities for many Slovenian companies not only in Europe but worldwide.”
In should be noted that for over two years of associate membership, Slovenian companies have signed contracts with ESA for the implementation of twelve projects for a total amount of 4 million euros. In addition, Zdravko Počivalšek signed four more contracts with research organizations in the amount of 670 thousand euros.