EU Transport Council deliberations
The EU Transport Council met on 31 March, with Galileo high on the agenda.
The official line is that it adopted conclusions on the mid-term review of EGNOS and Galileo - reaffirming its strong commitment to those programmes, whilst calling for containment of the costs they entail. It is reported that Britain was a 'minority of one' in opposing the further €1.9 billion required to complete the project.
It also reached agreement on a general approach on the rules for access to the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) for 'sensitive' applications used by governmental and other authorised bodies.
On maritime matters, Ministers discussed a proposed modification of the current regulation on the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) - providing for an extension of its tasks, together with changes to its governance structure.
Council also agreed its position on the accession of the EU to the 1974 Athens Convention on the carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea.
On aviation, Ministers authorised the signing and provisional application of a memorandum of cooperation between the EU and ICAO - providing a general framework for enhanced cooperation.
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