EUSPA renews mandate of Administrative Board Chair and Deputy Chair

30 March 2023
The mandates of the current Chair of the EUSPA Administrative Board, Mr. Vaclav Kobera (middle), and Deputy Chair, Mr. Juan Manuel Codosero Bolaños (left), have been renewed for another two year term after an unanimous vote.

Today, during the 9th EUSPA Administrative Board, Member State Representatives extended the mandate of Mr. Kobera and Codosero Bolaños for another two years.

Mr. Kobera is a Czech national with vast experience in space-related activities and, more concretely, satellite navigation. He has held several managerial positions in the public sector, namely, at the Czech Ministry of Transport.

Mr. Codosero Bolaños is a Spanish national and aeronautical engineer specialized in jet engines with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in areas related to aviation and aerospace.

"I am honored to have received the support of my fellow AB colleagues for a second time," says Kobera.

"In 2021, we set concrete goals, prepared and successfully implemented the EUSPA Administrative Board Action Plan. There are still many challenges in front of us. EUSPA is also becoming instrumental to the New Space Economy and with an increase in staff and responsibilities, it has to be ready to absorb new tasks. In my capacity as Chair of the Board, and by working together with the European Commission, the Member States, the European Space Agency, and other EU Space Programme’s partners, I will do my best to further support the programme’s implementation," he concludes.

"I am honored to have been re-elected by my peers as Deputy Chair for the EUSPA AB. I will continue to support EUSPA and my colleagues of the Board and will continue to strive to foster greater collaboration and involvement among and with the Member States, so that we can maximize the benefits and outcomes of this crucial programme." adds Codosero Bolaños.

"I would like to congratulate both Vaclav Kobera and Juan Manuel Codosero Bolaños on their re-election. As we move forward, I am eager to continue the collaboration with them once again towards our shared goal of strengthening the presence of EU space data and services in all sectors of our society," highlights EUSPA Executive Director Rodrigo da Costa.

The EUSPA Administrative Board consists of representatives from each EU Member State, the European Commission and the European parliament. The Board meets at least twice a year to take various decisions (budget, work programme, etc.) and ensure that the Agency performs its entrusted tasks according to regulation.

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EUSPA works closely with Member States via workshops organised to communicate the benefits of the EU Space Programme and to transfer space market intelligence and know-how to various domains of the economy and society. In this spirit, and taking stock from the EU Space for Green Transformation Report, the agency is hosting a workshop on how space data and services can help the private sector go greener.

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Updated: Apr 05, 2023