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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Progressing Galileo: Re-Profiling the European GNSS Programmes, COM(2007) 534 final

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Abstract

The Council, in its Resolution of 8 June 2007, re-affirmed the value of Galileo, concluded to stop the PPP concession negotiations, agreed in principle to a re-profiling of the European GNSS programmes and recognised the need for additional public funding. At its meeting of 21-22 June 2007, the European Council re-affirmed the value of Galileo as a key project of the European Union and asked the Council to take an integrated decision on the implementation of Galileo in autumn 2007.
In order to allow it to take such an integrated decision, including the financing of the new approach, the public governance structure including the risk management approach, the principles of procurement, and a number of related programmatic decisions, the Council requested the Commission to submit further analysis and proposals. The Commission hereby responds to this request and furthermore submits a Modified Proposal for a Regulation with regard to the follow-up of the European GNSS programmes as well as a Proposal for a Revision of the financial framework.
Through this integrated decision it should be ensured that the governance and contractual structures facilitate the effective long-term operation, maintenance, and economic exploitation of Galileo, based on an integrated, technology life-cycle approach and an appropriate risk management. The urgency of this decision is, inter alia, related to the on-going costs of the development phase of the programme and the financial consequences of loss of market share, both of which increase significantly with further delays.
The Commission expects such decisions to be taken by the end of this year and wishes to recall the strategic implications of such decision, beyond the financial and public procurement aspects. European GNSS assets are vital for Europe and the European economy. Modern society does and will increasingly depend on the use of GNSS applications for vital security and economic functions.

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Record Number: 8712 / Last updated on: 2007-10-04
Category: COM DOCUMENT
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