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Commission Communication to the European Parliament and the Council on Galileo. - COM(2000) 750 final

Funded under: FP5-GROWTH


In its communication of 10 February 1999 the Commission presented an autonomous programme on satellite radio navigation, known as Galileo, to be developed in four proposed phases, including the definition phase due to be completed at the end of 2000. Stressing the need to give a positive boost to our industries and services, while at the same time ensuring Europe�s independence in a technology as crucial as this one, the Council, in its Resolution of 19 July 1999, called on the Commission to develop a system for civil and global use managed by public civil authorities and offering significant added value in relation to the existing systems, while remaining compatible therewith.
During the definition phase in 2000, the Commission and the European Space Agency have mobilized a very large part of the European space industry as well as a large number of potential service providers with a view to defining the broad outlines of this project.

The present communication sets out the results of this phase. It reaffirms the strategic and economic importance of the project and endorses a proposal that it be continued beyond 2001, albeit subject to certain conditions regarded by the Commission as essential to the successful implementation of Galileo.

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