19 December 2007. Today ESPI released an exploratory study on space in Estonia and Slovenia. This report investigates space activities and their future development in those two new EU Member States.
Estonia and Slovenia are among the smallest but most dynamic and prosperous new members of the European Union (EU). Both countries have recently expressed their interest in developing their space-related activities and getting closer to the European Space Agency (ESA). They perceive a closer relationship with ESA to be a way to achieve further integration into Europe and to create new opportunities for their economy. These two countries have a limited tradition of space activities, especially in comparison with other new EU members who actively participated in the Soviet space programme and have gained significant expertise in particular scientific fields, but take a very pragmatic approach to the development of their space activities.
This study, led by ESPI Research Fellow Charlotte Mathieu, analyses space activities in Estonia and Slovenia, their development, and the economic, political, institutional, industrial, scientific and legislative environment in which they are evolving. It also investigates the evolution of the relationships between those two countries and ESA.
This report is an addendum to the report of the study EU4+ “Space in Central and Eastern Europe - Opportunities and Challenges for the European Space Endeavour”, released by ESPI on 19 November 2007.