Jean-Yves Le Gall, new chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council
The president of the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, has been unanimously elected chair of the European Space Agency (ESA) Council. The decision was announced in a press release issued on March 16, 2017. The new chairship will start on July 1st, 2017. The two vice-chairs will be Otylia Trzaskalska-Stroinska (Poland) and Alice Bunn (United Kingdom).
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Each of the 22 Member States  has a representative on the ESA Council. The Council is responsible for defining the strategy of the agency and electing a Director General every four years. The Director General shall be the chief executive officer of the Agency and its legal representative.
In October 2016, Jean-Yves La Gall and Thierry Mandon (Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research) expressed their satisfaction with the launch of an European Space Strategy.
Writer: Stephanie Dos Santos, Deputy Scientific Attaché
 ESA Member States are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.