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Luxembourg signs a new framework agreement on space cooperation with Paris and a memorandum with Roma

The Dubai World Expo is an opportunity for Luxembourg to strengthen its network and reinforce its action in the space sector.

On October 26th, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France signed a framework agreement that will strengthen and deepen cooperation between the two countries' space agencies and their space sector. A first Framework Agreement was signed between the two countries in 2009, which came to an end in 2015. This renewed collaboration reaffirms the will of France and Luxembourg to collaborate and makes a focus on the development of concrete bilateral projects. Dr. Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, signed the MoU for the Grand Duchy. Dr Philippe Baptiste, President General Director of the CNES, signed for France.

The Framework Agreement will serve as a basis to reinforce the favourable framework of cooperation, sharing of expertise and exchange of information between Luxembourg and France. It also aims at developing concrete cooperation activities including for example: training initiatives for students and researchers, communication activities towards lay audiences, or joint organization of seminars, workshops, and symposiums. In particular, the Agencies will aim at increasing collaboration in the fields of space exploration and sustainable space resources utilization. The two countries intend to further facilitate cooperation between the space agencies, but also between national research institutes and private sector space companies.

The framework agreement will also strengthen policy coordination between the two countries on the European and international space stage.

Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, declared: "Since the signing of a first framework agreement in 2009, France and Luxembourg have been able to share expertise and conduct several workshops together. In the meantime, we have successfully launched the SpaceResources.lu initiative, the Luxembourg Space Agency and more recently the European Space Resources Innovation Center (ESRIC), which is why the establishment of a new framework agreement made sense. As a major player in space Europe, France has unparalleled know-how with CNES, which is why I am delighted with this agreement which will make it possible to strengthen cooperation between private and public entities of our two countries, with a particular focus on activities related to space resources."

On October 26th as well, Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency, and Giorgio Saccoccia, President of the Italian Space Agency, signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will serve to catalyze and significantly deepen cooperation between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Italy in the field of space.

The Memorandum will serve as a vehicle to establish a framework of cooperation, sharing of expertise and exchange of information between the two agencies. It also aims to strengthen collaboration by identifying projects of common interest, for example in the fields of civil space exploration and sustainable utilization of space resources, science, and technology and applications. The MoU will further facilitate research, exploration, development, and use of space, not only by the two countries, but also by academic and research institutes and private sector space companies.

The MoU will strengthen policy coordination as the two countries contribute promoting the principles of current international law (including the 1967 Outer Space Treaty) and fostering innovation and investment in space resources exploration and utilization on the international space stage.

Luxembourg's Minister of the Economy, Franz Fayot, declared: "The Memorandum offers a platform from which both Luxembourg and Italy can move forward together on collaborations and projects in space, and space resources utilization. Italy and Luxembourg have been collaborating successfully on a number of space projects already. The agreement between our two space agencies is yet another important step forward in enhancing international cooperation."

The President of the Italian Space Agency, Giorgio Saccoccia, declared: "The signature of the MoU today underlines the common will of our two space agencies and countries to advance in their bilateral cooperation and join forces in many sectors of space that are considered strategic for the future."

Press release by Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy/Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA)