Icpe has been part of the category of ESA approved partners since 2011 when the Agreement on Romania’s Accession to the European Space Agency (ESA) Convention was signed. The agreement was signed by Jean-Jacques Dordain, General Director of the European Space Agency and Marius-Ioan PISO, General Director and President of the Romanian Space Agency. In accordance with the decision of the Council of the European Space Agency of 16 December 2010, Romania was unanimously accepted as a full member of ESA. Romania’s membership in ESA offers important opportunities and guarantees, both for the level of research and development, but also for the national high-tech industry, which will be able to develop stably, with the guarantee of long-term jobs. Direct access to ESA space systems will allow Icpe to develop space applications for agriculture, the environment, transportation, natural disaster measurement and telemedicine
The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organization founded in 1975, with 18 member states (16 from the EU, plus Switzerland and Norway). Among the countries of the former Warsaw Pact, the Czech Republic is the only one admitted as a member (in 2009), Romania being the second. ESA is considered the most important European intergovernmental organization with a scientific and technological character and an important role in the field of security. Romania concluded the first Agreement with ESA in 1992, which was ratified by Law no. 40/1993, being followed by another agreement in 1999. Starting with 2006, Romania is a European Cooperating State of ESA, a status ratified by Law no. 1/2007. ESA’s status as a full member of ESA allows Romanian organizations such as Icpe access to all programs, which is an important technology transfer procedure
The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) was established in 1991 and reorganized by a Government Decision in 1995 as a fully funded extra-budgetary public institution in the system of the Ministry of Research and Technology (currently the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sports). ROSA is the national coordinator of space activities. The main mission of the Romanian Space Agency is to promote and coordinate development in the field and to represent the Government in international cooperation programs. The Agency is authorized to set up research and development centers oriented according to the objectives of the National Space Program. The Agency carries out its own scientific research and development projects.