On 17 May 2022, at the invitation of the Hungarian Ministerial Commissioner for Space Research Orsolya Ferencz, in the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Visegrad Cooperation, the first meeting of ministry officials in charge of space policy from all V4 countries took place in Budapest.
The event was a follow-up to the signature of a Memorandum of Undestanding on space-related cooperation by the four Prime Ministers last December in the Hungarian capital.
On the agenda was an exchange of views on opportunities for regional cooperation in the space sector, in particular in the areas of diplomacy, industry, and higher education. Experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary presented the country’s Space Strategy as well as the HUNOR Hungarian Astronaut Program. Participants considered the compiling of a catalog of capacities in the space sector of the V4 states, in order to strengthen cooperation between actors of the respective national space sectors.
The concept of the V4 Space Industry Day to be organized by Hungary was presented, and the participants decided to explore the potential V4 regional synergies to develop space-related university education and to promote the Visegrad Fund's university scholarship opportunities among students interested in such studies.