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3rd Dec 2020

EU and US near to Galileo deal

The EU and US have reached agreement on most aspects of co-operation between Europe’s planned Galileo satellite navigation system and the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

After a two day meeting in Brussels, agreement was reached to adopt a common signal for certain services and to preserve national security capabilities.

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The 3.6 billion euro Galileo project is expected to start operating in 2008 alongside the US GPS system.

The US had expressed concerns that the radio frequency preferred by the EU would interfere with military signals.

Moreover, Galileo’s economic viability was questioned as GPS is freely available.

However, China already announced that it would invest over 200 million euro in the EU’s satellite navigation system, while Brazil, Israel, India and Russia also appear to be interested in investing.

"The delegations will continue to work diligently to resolve the few remaining outstanding issues which concern primarily some legal and procedural aspects", a joint statement between the European Commission and the US reads.

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