JUNE 12 2015 16:51h
The interactive exhibition European Space Expo opened in Zagreb's central Trg Bana Josipa Jelacica square on Friday after last month Croatia started talks on an agreement on cooperation with the European Space Agency.
The European Space Expo project was designed by the European Commission as a unique travel show aimed at acquainting EU citizens with the European space programme. The show has already visited Rome, Madrid, London, Prague, Ljubljana, Riga and Athens and has been visited by more than 700,000 people.
The exhibition, opened by the head of the EU Representation in Croatia, Branko Baricevic, and Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic, presents in an interactive and fun way the key information on European space programmes - from satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS) to Earth observation (Copernicus).
"The purpose of the exhibition is to show citizens the benefits of the European space policy, programmes and technologies for everyday life as well as explain their importance for the European economy and job creation," said Baricevic.
Deputy Science, Education and Sport Minister Roko Andricevic said that Croatia's participation in European space activities was one of the government's priorities.
"The Ministry has launched the procedure for Croatia's accession to the European Space Agency, and talks on an agreement on space cooperation for peaceful purposes started last month," said Andricevic.
The exhibition, which will include popular lectures, is open until June 21, and admission is free.