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Greece and Luxembourg to Join the ESA.
Greece and Luxembourg have been approved to join the European Space Agency; they should become full members of the agency on December 1, 2005. Greece applied to join the agency in October 2003, and Luxembourg in December 2003. The ESA council unanimously accepted their applications. Until their full acceptance, the two countries have been granted observer status, so they can attend ESA meetings and familiarize themselves with procedures and working practices.
In the course of its meeting in Kiruna (Sweden) on 24 and 25 March, the ESA Council approved the accession of Greece and Luxembourg to the ESA Convention.
The two countries are expected to become full members of the Agency by 1 December 2005, after their national approval procedures have been completed.
The Hellenic Republic officially applied to join ESA last October, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in December. The ESA Council unanimously approved both applications.
Greece and Luxembourg were granted observer status to attend meetings of ESA’s Council and all its subordinate bodies, to enable them to familiarise themselves with the Agency’s procedures and working practices.
Original Source: ESA News Release
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