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Brexit is to see UK losing its hosting of a Galileo Security Monitoring Centre

Currently the GSMC has one base in France and a stand-by at Swanwick in the UK

Each Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure, undertaking:
- monitoring and taking action on security threats and alerts and the operational status of systems components.
- management of Public Regulated Service (PRS) access at system level, ensuring protection and issuing cryptographic keys.
- implementation of ‘joint action’ instructions in the event of a security threat.
- provision of PRS and Galileo security expertise and analysis.

Currently the GSMC is based in France, with a back-up in the UK at Swanwick. But, on 18 January, the European GNSS Programme Committee is reported to have voted 'by a large majority' to relocate the UK back-up centre to Spain. Apparently, 6 EU states submitted bids to host the center.

Although UK has stated that it intends to remain in the Galileo programme (as Norway and Switzerland), non-EU member countries are excluded from participating in security aspects.

The UK site is only in the first stages of being set up, with just one full-time employee to date, but the Spanish center - to be located in Madrid - could employ up to 30, according to a spokesperson. It appears that Spain must pay relocation costs, but the EU will continue to pay for operations, including equipment and staffing.

It is reported that the decision to move the GSMC will finally be ratified by the EU College of Commissioners on 24 January.

Details from the links below . .

  • 20 January 2018
  • RIN

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