Greece Could be Stripped of European Space Agency Membership

space_technologyGreece may soon find itself excluded from the European Space Agency (ESA) while it has already lost its right to vote, since it has not paid its financial contribution to the ESA for the last three years, Thessaloniki University astrophysics professor Loukas Vlachos told ANA-MPA radio ‘Praktorio 104.9’ on Tuesday.

“The astrophysics science community cannot see itself outside the ESA,” Vlachos noted, saying that the problem arose largely because of the constant personnel changes at the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, as well as the lack of an overall strategy.

“The countries that joined the ESA also drew up a strategy to boost the scientists in their country and get back the money that they pay,” he pointed out. “If in the last 10 years we had developed the companies in the sector, we could have collected enough money in taxes and in assistance from the ESA in order to have space activity in Greece from the point of view of technology. The ESA wants to give to us but we, on our part, must make something,” he said. The annual contribution to the ESA ranges between 8-10 million euros.

The professor also talked about the significance of discovering water on the planet Mars, including the higher possibility of finding at least microbial life on the planet.


  1. If Greece is kicked out it would be not only a national shame but a tragedy for all those Greek researchers. To get the money the only way is to cut other useless spending (public workers in the army or the church for instance).

  2. Go figure, just when they discover a frozen global ocean on Mars Greece is iced out..

  3. There goes your idea of ever being a scientist. Stick to your crystal ball

  4. I prefer coffee ground or tea leaves better results. Crystal balls are expensive and reserved for politicians and reporters. Canadian PM Mackenzie King consulted his dead mother over WW2 policy issues with one and it seemed to work out just fine. Historically the entrails of sacrificed animals were examined for clues of one’s fortunes. However because of austerity animals for sacrifice was deemed by the Creditors too expensive, therefore Tsipras has resorted to examining his scat for his most important policy decisions. Since the referendum, bailout and Syriza mutiny he has been more than ample supply for his deepest decisions.


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