Madrid, Sep 27 (EFE).- The Government today began the procedure for selecting the headquarters of the future Spanish Space Agency (AEE), which will be operational in the first quarter of 2023 and will be located outside Madrid, thus serving the objective of the executive to decentralize the headquarters of newly created public bodies.
The Council of Ministers has given its approval to this procedure to host the physical headquarters of the new Agency, for which the Madrid municipalities of Robledo de Chavela or Tres Cantos, in addition to Teruel, Seville or León, have already expressed their interest.
After the meeting of the Council of Ministers, the Minister for Territorial Policy and government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, underlined during a press conference that the deconcentration of organizations contributes to greater territorial cohesion, and that it it will be an “open, transparent, deliberative and competitive process.
The creation of this Agency is provided for in the new Science Act and is also envisaged in the Strategic Aerospace Economic Recovery and Transformation Project (Perte), an initiative with which the government wants to mobilize some 4,500 million euros between 2021 and 2025 to promote research and innovation in the aeronautics and space sector.
The government has stressed that Spain will thus be on an equal footing, with the creation of this agency, with other neighboring countries that have similar organizations to guide strategies related to the space sector, which provides services ” essential” to society in the field of communications, Earth observation, navigation, security, the fight against climate change or the monitoring of phenomena such as drought or fires.
The Agency, which will also have a component dedicated to national security, will coordinate national activities and policies on space, and will also be the public body that channels Spanish participation in international programs in this field.
The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, confirmed in a press release the government’s commitment to the deconcentration of public sector seats to favor territorial structuring and that opportunities do not accumulate on a single territory, and ensured that citizens’ access to the state civil service is thus promoted “regardless of their place of residence”.
A one-month period begins today for an Advisory Commission, which will be chaired by the Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel Rodríguez, to prepare a report with the criteria that will be evaluated to determine the location of the headquarters; After this stage, the autonomous communities and town halls will be able to submit their applications to host this headquarters.
The administrations that choose to host the ESA can also report on the commitments they are prepared to meet, such as the transfer of real estate, the assumption of the financial costs of the transfer or the support measures for the transferred personnel. .
At the end of the deadline for submitting applications, the Commission will prepare an opinion, which may also include non-applicant localities, and will transmit its proposal to the Council of Ministers for approval.
The first status of the Agency and the first action plan will be drawn up by the Space Council, an interministerial group integrated into the Ministry of Science and Innovation.
The government spokesman underlined, during the press conference after the Council of Ministers, that this is a “strategic” project and underlined the importance of accelerating the start-up of this Agency, since it will be responsible for piloting the aerospace part.
Isabel Rodríguez also underlined the relevance of the Spanish aerospace sector and recalled that it is, after the pharmaceutical sector, the one that invests the most in research, development and innovation.