Moreover, the 2004 agreement has so far been renewed without modification, but some of its key requirements are no longer implemented. The Space Council met for the last time formally in 2012 and the Joint Secretariat is no longer active. The work on the possible evolutions for ESA, which began in 2012, has led to no decision among the different options formulated. The 2016 joint statement between the EU and ESA did not provide any further development.
Whereas the situation seems to be blocked at the governance level, measures could be taken at the operational level. The adoption of a single financial framework partnership agreement with ESA, to give a common frame to the existing delegation agreements, was suggested by ESA in the strategy to facilitate EU space programme management.