Croatia Has 4 Diplomats at the EU Dedicated to Space Exploration

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February 17, 2020 – The Permanent Representation of Croatia to the European Union has increased the number of staff during the Croatian presidency; one fact regarding space exploration still managed to make the news in Croatia today.

Gordan Duhaček writes for about four people out of the 150 listed on the Representation website are dedicated to the Exploration and Space. While the English version of the website doesn’t offer that piece of information, on the Croatian site you can find the four diplomats listed under the section “Istraživanje i svemir“. asked the Representation about the number of the staff working there, especially considering that the Slovenian Representation to the same institution includes around 60 diplomats, while the Austrian is only 30 people strong.

Bruno Lopandić, the spokesperson for the Representation replied that the increase of the number of people working for them is in line with the increase previously seen when other countries started their presidencies. That is, according to Lopandić, what happened to the Exploration and Space staff, as only one person was working on this topic, while with the presidency came the need to increase the number to four. Lopandić also lists that Finland and Austria had 6 diplomats in this department during their presidency, while Romania and Bulgaria had 5.

His answer to the question by about what those diplomats exactly do in their role is as circumspect and unspecific as you’d expect, but the more interesting fact is about the educational background of those four diplomats. claims that all four of them have degrees in humanities and social sciences, and none of them have any experience with any STEM area, such as astronomy. The spokesperson doesn’t find that problematic, answering that they needed to have the university diploma to get appointed, that they have experiences in EU projects and that they were additionally educated in meeting management. (But, apparently, not in any space, exploration or research topics). 

The statement from the Representation reminds us that their job is, among others, to increase the number of applications to the Horizon2020 program, as well as promote activities related to the outer space and using the technologies developed for the outer space, in order to increase the co-operation between the scientists and the economy.

Let’s add to this that Croatia already has a Space Exploration Technology Centre, established in Sisak, very close to villages which still, to this day, don’t have electricity.


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