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The minister of Science and Innovation, is Pedro Duque , will be a candidate to the General Direction of the European Space Agency (ESA), the intergovernmental organization dedicated to the research and development of space programs, which brings together the economic and intellectual resources of its 22 members to carry out programs and activities in the space sector, according to the Executive.

“I filed my candidacy for ESA. I firmly believe that Europe must lead the development of space technologies that boost the economy, strengthen the innovation in all sectors and lead to discoveries that help us protect our planet,” said the minister via Twitter.

Duke has been formalized since his candidacy for this agency, which he joined in 1992, after passing the tests to become astronaut . Subsequently, and prior to his entry into the Government, has developed his entire professional career in this european agency and in the industry sector, occupying various positions of responsibility.

The Government considers that it would be “an honor” that a Spanish lead for the first time the European Space Agency, a position that is elected every four by the agency member countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.

The front of the THIS is since 2014 the German Johann-Dietrich Wörner , whose term expires June 30, 2021 and do not plan to renew. The process closes in August.

In an interview for Pd, the Duke said that the presentation of his candidacy to lead the THIS was an “important decision” that would have to be taken by the Government because they present a minister to a place like this had to be “agreed”.

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