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Mercosur United by Space Law

By Doug Messier
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December 5, 2021
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BRASILIA (AEB PR) — The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) participated in the closing ceremony of the course on “Law and Cooperation in the Space Area”, promoted by the Organizzazione Internazionale Italo-Latino Americana (IILA), this Thursday (2). The course was held between November 9th and December 2nd, and was aimed at space agencies and professionals from Mercosur countries. The event was attended by the president of the AEB, Carlos Moura, as well as directors of space agencies from several countries.

“We have a lot of synergy, many challenges and goals in common, with which we can work together to bring solutions and progress to our peoples,” said Carlos.

The “Training Course in Space Law and Cooperation for Mercosur Countries” aimed to encourage the creation of an institutional and cooperation framework conducive to the development of space research and programs, with particular attention to the rules governing activities and responsibilities international organizations in the sector. This initiative is a preparation for the meeting between the space agencies of Latin America and Italy, which should take place in Rome, during the first quarter of 2022.

Mercosur countries began to develop their space capabilities in the 1960s, building, over these decades, an active scientific community, as well as institutions oriented to develop national space programs, through the creation of space agencies, research centers or departments specialized government agencies.

IILA has the dual objective of promoting training in the field of space law in all participating member countries, and supporting the strengthening of international and regional cooperation in this sector. It seeks to enhance the multidisciplinary aspect of science, applications and law in an area that is constantly evolving, and with an increasingly relevant impact on everyday life, as is the case with space activities.

About AEB

The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the central body of the National System for the Development of Space Activities (SINDAE), is a public authority linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), responsible for formulating, coordinating and executing the Brazilian Space Policy .

Since its creation, on February 10, 1994, the Agency has worked to make feasible the efforts of the Brazilian State in promoting the well-being of society, through sovereign employment in the space sector.

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