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  • Auditors slam EU over Galileo

    News | Transport 01-07-2009

    The European Commission's leadership and management skills have been found wanting by a Court of Auditors report into the EU's much-delayed Galileo satellite navigation project. The report, published on 29 June, also blames individual countries for defending their commercial interests throughout the programme.

  • Ministers ask EU to guarantee access to space

    News | Innovation & Industry 26-09-2008

    In a resolution adopted this morning (26 September), European ministers responsible for space underlined the strategic importance of guaranteeing the continent's political and technological independence on space and unveiled their ambition to make Europe one of the world's leading space powers.

  • Galileo a step closer to orbit

    News | Transport 08-04-2008

    The path for the EU's satellite navigation system to become operational by 2013 has been cleared after member states agreed implementation rules outlining a timetable and industrial tendering plan as well as a clear division of roles and responsibilities between the three EU institutions.

  • Galileo takes shape

    News | Transport 04-04-2008

    The EU's satellite navigation system is finally taking shape after representatives of member states and Parliament struck a deal on the project's institutional architecture.

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    Policy Brief | Security 12-12-2007

    The Galileo satellite navigation system is the European civil alternative to the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian GLONASS, both funded and controlled by military authorities.

  • EU to launch Galileo despite Spanish opposition

    News | Innovation & Industry 30-11-2007

    European ministers in charge of transport have agreed on the division of aerospace industrial work for Galileo. Spain, disappointed about not getting to host one of the system's ground control centres, voted against the long-awaited deal but lost out to a qualified majority.

  • 2008 budget deal heralds shift in EU policy

    News | Science & Policymaking 27-11-2007

    For the first time, the EU will be spending more on competitiveness than agriculture. After a conciliation meeting last Friday, the Council and Parliament reached an agreement on the 2008 budget, securing an extra €2.7 billion for the EU's two flagship projects - Galileo and the European Institute of Technology.

  • Galileo comes one step closer to reality

    News | Innovation & Industry 26-11-2007

    A new plan for industrial tendering for the troubled satellite navigation system, tabled by the Commission, is expected to find support at a meeting of EU transport ministers later this week after Germany said its concerns over tendering rules have been met.

  • Commission to fine-tune Galileo funding proposal

    News | Innovation & Industry 14-11-2007

    After an exchange of views on the financing of Galileo, the Council has asked the Commission to re-examine its funding proposal before the EU's 2008 budget council next week.

  • EU ministers back Galileo, delay financing issue

    News | Innovation & Industry 03-10-2007

    EU member states have reiterated their political support for Galileo, the European satellite radio navigation programme, but still disagree over financing the project, which will be decided upon in December.

  • Galileo funding to guarantee EU’s ‘strategic autonomy’

    News | Innovation & Industry 25-09-2007

    The Commission last week proposed funding Galileo entirely from the EU budget in order to guarantee strategic autonomy for Europe. The move comes just as the United States announced that a more accurate version of the Global Positioning System (GPS) will be made freely available for civilian activities.

  • EU and US agree on common satellite navigation signal

    News | Innovation & Industry 27-07-2007

    An interoperable GPS-Galileo signal will, once the EU's Galileo system becomes operational, provide for more accurate satellite navigation systems and boost commercial opportunities for the development of new products and services.