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One step closer to international cooperation in satellite navigation

The terms for negotiation of agreements with the USA and Russia over new satellite navigation technology have been finalised by the European Commission, and will now be transmitted to the Council for approval.

The mandates would allow the Commission to act on behalf of the EU...
The terms for negotiation of agreements with the USA and Russia over new satellite navigation technology have been finalised by the European Commission, and will now be transmitted to the Council for approval.

The mandates would allow the Commission to act on behalf of the EU to explore future possibilities for cooperation and future development with the USA and Russia. It is hoped this would allow the Galileo project, a European global navigation satellite system, to bring greater civilian benefits.

Neil Kinnock, Commissioner responsible for transport policy said: 'The mandates for negotiations on Galileo with the United States and Russian Federation further advance the development of the next generation GNSS with, for the first time, a civilian priority. It offers an important opportunity for greater cooperation between the EU and Russia and will underpin the future development of both our economies. At the same time, GNSS will only be completed successfully if we have the cooperation of the United States and agree a coherent development of Galileo and their Global Positioning System (GPS).'

Source: European Commission, Spokesman's Service

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