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Orsolya Ferencz, the foreign ministry’s commissioner for space science, has called Hungary’s membership in the European Space Agency (ESA) since 2015 a “real success story”. Speaking to public current affairs channel M1, Ferencz summarized the Hungarian Incentive Scheme programme which was launched in cooperation of ESA and the foreign ministry and had come to a close. Under the programme the Hungarian space sector could learn about opportunities provided by ESA, she said. “Those opportunities have played a key role in a faster development of the sector, in making it more competitive and more prepared for future ESA programmes,” she said. Ferencz called Hungary’s cooperation with ESA “a pillar” of Hungary’s space strategy, noting the space agency was an official partner in the Hungarian to Orbit (HUNOR) astronaut programme. Geraldine Naja, ESA’s Director of Commercialisation, Industry and Competitiveness, said at a press conference on the incentive scheme that “the excellent cooperation between ESA and the foreign ministry has played a highly important role in Hungary’s significant improvement in space research”. She said the HUNOR programme to be carried out in partnership with ESA offered Hungary “an immense opportunity” for Hungary in future.