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Romania's contribution to ESA's optional programs over 2013 - 2017 set at 95 ml euros

Romania will contribute 95 million euros to the optional programs of the European Space Agency (ESA) over the interval 2013 - 2017, shows a draft Government Resolution published on the website of the Ministry of National Education.

'The upper limit for the commitment of funds over the interval 2013 - 2017 is hereby approved, in amount of 95 million euros in the form of contributions to the optional programs covered by Article V, 1 b of the ESA Convention Romania will participate in and for which capabilities or national potential have been identified based on the recommendations of the Romanian Space Agency. The upper limit for the funds committed to the ESA optional programs mentioned at Para. 1 here above can increase gradually as new participation capacities are identified over 2013 - 2017, to a maximum level corresponding to an annual budget of payments of 30 million euros. Romania will contribute, within the established limits, to the costs of each optional program it expressed interest in, according to its specific mandate, the talks with other ministers in charge of space of the ESA member states and the vote expressed at ministerial level inside the ESA Council,' provides the draft resolution.

According to the cited source, the annual upper limits for the commitment of funds and the budgets for payments related to these contributions are set forth every year and are fully covered from the state budget through the budget of the Ministry of National Education, in a breakdown as per the specific items of the European Space Agency, within the approved budget allocations.

For 2013 Romania's financial contribution towards optional programs is the equivalent in lei of 8,104 million euros, calculated at the exchange rate announced by the National Bank of Romania on payment day.

'The Romanian Space Agency will work out annual reports and inform the Government at the time next year's budget blueprint is being worked out, on Romania's contribution to the financing and implementation of the optional programs it is a party to,' reads the draft Government Resolution.