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The Galileo satellite navigation programme, a joint undertaking of the European Union and the European Space Agency, aims to develop cutting-edge technology based on a constellation of 30 satellites placed in a medium earth orbit. The Regulation setting up the Galileo Joint Undertaking was formally adopted on 21 May 2002. Its purpose is to complete the development phase of the programme (2002-2005). Thereafter, in view of the many commercial spin-offs associated with the growing satellite navigation service markets in many areas, the programme will be managed during the deployment phase (2006-2007) and the commercial operation phase (after 2008) by a private entity. The Galileo Joint Undertaking will therefore issue a call for tenders in order to select the private consortium which will be awarded the concession for the deployment and operation of the system.

Four months after the Regulation was adopted, it seems appropriate to review the state of progress of the Galileo programme. This Communication discusses the following five aspects:
- establishment of the Joint Undertaking,
- system security;
- definition of services and the frequency plan,
- reservation of frequencies,
- relations with third countries.

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Record Number: 1871 / Last updated on: 2002-10-14