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ESF calls for space advisory body

The EU should establish an independent scientific body to advise on space issues, the European Science Foundation has said.

The ESF’s European Space Science Committee, chaired by Athena Coustenis, an astronomer at the Paris Observatory in Meudon, France, made the recommendation in its response to a European Commission public consultation on a space strategy for Europe, which the ESF published in June.

The committee said that the need for an independent advisory body on space sciences “emerges naturally from the need for pan-European coordination on space matters”, but also that such a body was needed given the increased importance of the EU in space affairs.

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