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.
Stephanie Dos Santos, Deputy Scientific Attachée, French Embassy in the UK
 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.