The European Union
believes that there is no place for monopoly when it comes to promoting human
welfare and solving problems of global significance. At the third United Nations
conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Space in 1999, the use of
space technology in solving such problems was stressed, but achieving these
targets means strengthening the technological capabilities of many states. The
European Union is now actively contributing to UN activities in this area.
The promotion of
GALILEO and its accessibility among non-European user communities involves its
presentation to all relevant standardisation bodies. Close interaction with such
bodies has already been established, including with the International Civil
Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
also includes a number of activities aimed at the development of a certification
framework and identifying certification requirements applicable to the system.
During the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2000, new radio frequencies
were allocated to Radio Navigation Satellite Service (RNSS) systems, including
GALILEO. The WRC 2003 has allowed to safeguard the
allocated frequencies and to ensure that these frequencies are actually usable
by GALILEO services.
Once again, the
GALILEO system will be fully compatible with the existing American GPS system.
The objective being pursued by Europe is to reinforce the satellite navigation
infrastructure by providing an additional, state-of-the-art system ensuring a
more robust, precise and continuous service to users worldwide.