The Minister of Science and Innovation, Pedro Duque, will be a candidate for the Directorate General of the European Space Agency (ESA), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the research and development of space programs, as reported by government sources on Thursday.
Moncloa explains that it is an organization “that combines the economic and intellectual resources of its 22 members to carry out programs and activities in the space field.”
Duque has already formalized his candidacy to lead this organization, which he joined in 1992, after passing the tests to become an astronaut. Subsequently, and before entering the Government, she has spent her entire professional career in this European agency and in the industry of the sector, holding various positions of responsibility.
The Government considers that “it would be an honor for a Spaniard to head the European Space Agency for the first time” and states that “this candidacy is in line with this Government’s determined commitment to Science and Innovation as pillars for the economic reconstruction of our country and Europe as a whole. ”