Ukraine Planning To Join European Space Agency

KIEV, Ukraine -- The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has instructed the State Space Agency and the Foreign Ministry to take measures concerning the acquisition of the country's membership of the European Space Agency (ESA), taking into account national interests.

European Space Agency meeting.

This is stipulated in a plan of priority measures for 2012 on Ukraine's integration into the EU, which was approved by Cabinet of Ministers resolution No.184.

"Measures should be taken regarding the acquisition of membership of the European Space Agency, taking into account national interests," reads the document.

In addition, in order to ensure Ukraine's accession to the European Research Area, the Cabinet of Ministers instructed the Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sports, the Foreign Ministry and other central executive government agencies to hold negotiations with the European Commission by September 1 regarding Ukraine's participation in the EU's Seventh Framework Program for Research and Technological Development.

Under the program, Ukraine also plans to become an associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research by 2013.

Source: Ukrainian Radio