Galileo and EGNOS programmes back in orbit powered with €70 billion

Opening of the travelling exhibition "European Space Expo" with the participation of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the  European Commission, in Brussels. (EC Audiovisual Services).

Opening of the travelling exhibition “European Space Expo” with the participation of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, in Brussels. (EC Audiovisual Services).

The Irish Presidency of the European Council secured a major breakthrough agreement on the development of Europe’s global satellite navigation system. According to a relevant Press release, “The Irish Presidency has secured agreement with the European Parliament on an EU Regulation on the implementation and exploitation of European satellite navigation systems. The purpose of the Regulation is to establish a new financial and governance framework for the two European satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, for the next financial period 2014-2020 and beyond”.

The interesting aspect of this new development is that the funding of the two programmes currently under negotiation, between the Presidency and the Parliament can reach €70 billion in the period 2014-2020. And this, despite the fact that the overall Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 providing all the financial means for the next seven yearly EU budgets is still on the air. Some weeks ago the four major political groups of the Parliament rejected the respective agreement of the 27 EU leaders, foreseen reduced funding.

Undoubtedly the Irish EU Council Presidency proves very effective in unlocking a number of major EU projects, working in the core of issues and avoiding the political reefs, which can trigger internal competitions. It was like that with the financial regulations on bank capital adequacy and the capping of bankers’ bonuses.

Let’s return however to the grandiose Galileo Programme. The Irish minister for Transport Tourism and Trade Leo Varadkar, who conducted the negotiations with the Parliamentarians  commented on the outcome as it follows: “The new regulation sets a high but achievable ambition for the EU in developing its capability in the area of satellite technology particularly its flagship Galileo programme”.

In reality this new EU regulation constitutes the basic act for the Galileo and EGNOS programmes during the new MFF-period 2014-2020 and foresees the funding and governance scheme for the implementation and exploitation of the systems under the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, such as the operations of the space and terrestrial infrastructures, the necessary replenishment/replacement activities, certification procedures, and notably the provision of services.

The Galileo programme is Europe’s initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. Galileo will be inter-operable with the American Global Positioning System and the Russian GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.

EGNOS, is the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, which constitutes Europe’s first venture into the field of satellite navigation and paves the way for Galileo. EGNOS is currently operational and available for use with both an Open Service and a Safety-of-Life Service for aviation. The Service is now using four satellites and around 40 ground stations, all belonging to the Galileo programme proper.

 

 

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

An ECB banker wants to change the European social model

Gender equality: an issue much talked about but less acted upon

Good grub: why we might be eating insects soon

Protests, violence in Haiti prompts international call for ‘realistic and lasting solutions’ to crisis

Big impact vs big exit: the social side of the start-up game presented at the WSA Global Congress in Vienna

How cities can lead the way in bridging the global housing gap

The refugee crisis as a young Nigerian doctor sees it

ECB to people: Not responsible if you lose money on Bitcoin, your governments are

EU and U.S. castigate Facebook on Cambridge Analytica scandal as citizens’ data privacy goes down the drain again

Aid stepped up to Syria camp; new arrivals say terrorists blocked their escape

Pakistan: UN strongly condemns terrorist attack that leaves scores dead and wounded at election rally

Doctors without borders

India’s economy is an ‘elephant that is starting to run’, according to the IMF

A day in the life of a Rohingya refugee

MWC 2016 LIVE: 5G to trigger disruption, claim industry leaders

World cannot be transformed without ‘ingenuity of the countries of the South’: UN Chief

JADE Romania Celebrates the 4th Anniversary

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

Trump reshapes the Middle East at the expenses of Europe

For how long and at what cost can the ECB continue printing trillions to keep euro area going?

5 ways to go green in your own kitchen

New EU rules cut red tape for citizens living or working in another Member State as of tomorrow

The European Sting writes down the history LIVE from G20 Leaders’ Summit in Turkey

Stronger European Border and Coast Guard to secure EU’s borders

Outgoing UN official praises Iraq’s ‘exemplary peaceful transfer of power’ at the top

London, Berlin, Paris to fight over EU budget

‘We face a global emergency’ over oceans: UN chief sounds the alarm at G7 Summit event

‘Fire-fighting approach’ to humanitarian aid ‘not sustainable’: Deputy UN chief

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India

Access to health in the developping world

Copyright: European Union , 2017; Source: EC - Audiovisual Service; Photo: Frank Molter

EU hits deadlock on the future of glyphosate a month before deadline

China hails human rights progress amid calls to close detention camps

#TwitterisblockedinTurkey and so is Erdogan

This woman changed the world of work – and you’ve probably never heard of her

Mother of all mergers between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram: EU Data Privacy restrictions against Facebook’s imperialistic plans

US-EU trade war: Berlin fearful of the second round

Venezuelan exodus to Ecuador reaches record levels: UN refugee agency steps up aid

This is what happens when a school swaps french fries for quinoa

Travel the world, find yourself

Prevention is key to ‘breaking the cycle of HIV transmission’, UN chief tells General Assembly

The importance of collaboration in the digital economy

Are ECB’s €500 billion enough to revive Eurozone? Will the banks pass it to the real economy?

Does EURES really exist?

How banking with blockchain can stamp out corruption and increase financial inclusion

On Grexit: Incompetence just launched the historic Ultimatum that could open “pandora’s box”

Here are 4 of the most politically charged World Cup games ever played

A Sting Exclusive: “One year on from the VW scandal and EU consumers are still in the dark”, BEUC’s Head highlights from Brussels

Falling inflation urges ECB to introduce growth measures today

Eurozone: Sovereign debt decreases for the first time since 2007

What do the economic woes of Turkey, Argentina and Indonesia have in common?

UN experts report: Business ‘dragging its feet’ on human rights worldwide

How technology is driving a fourth wave of environmentalism

Social Committee teaches Van Rompuy a lesson

Here are five ways we can make mental healthcare better

How to make primary healthcare a favourable career choice for medical students: Strategies and reflections

Commission considers anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass imports

EU invests in green projects and bans single-use plastics while climate change requires more to be done

The EU cuts roaming charges further while the UK weighs Brexit impact

FROM THE FIELD: Free tutorials in Mali, ‘a life-saver’ for Fatouma

Religious violence is on the rise. What can faith-based communities do about it?

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s