MEPs give green light to Galileo
Finance to complete the Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS) has been approved by the European Parliament.
The programme was approved on 20 November for both Galileo and EGNOS - the GPS/GLONASS augmentation service. It was was approved by 603 votes to 29 against, with 59 abstentions.
The Parliamentary Rapporteur explained that GNSS technology currently accounts for 7% of EU GDP, but its potential is far greater. 'Galileo and EGNOS will give Europe the means to build on that potential, while also ending EU’s reliance on foreign military GNSS technology.'
MEPs apparently insisted that it must be possible to invest some of the programme’s €6.3 (£5.3, $8.5) billion budget for 2014-20 in developing applications.
Details from the EU below.