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GNSS technology is regarded as a main vector for the development and safety of the Mediterranean region. The Vth Euro-Mediterranean Conference of Ministers for Foreign Affairs, held in Valencia in April 2002, adopted an action plan stressing, among others, the need to boost co-operation on satellite navigation by means of considering concrete introduction for the benefit of different application sectors.

This is also in accordance with the European GNSS strategy. The latter foresees the early introduction of GNSS services by 2004 when the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) becomes operational, while Europe’s final objective in satellite navigation will be achieved after 2008 once all GALILEO services are available.

In that context, the European Commission (DG Energy and Transport and the EuropeAid Cooperation Office) will launch the Euro-mediterranean Satellite Navigation (GNSS) Project. This project, which will be implemented over of a 3 -year period, will set up training and demonstration activities for the benefit of the Mediterranean partners1. The project is also associated with the setting up of a co-operation office, which shall bring longer-term benefit in the region.

The project is expected to:

  • Set priorities for regional added value service development based on GALILEO, stemming from EGNOS, identifying the most important target market segments

  • Carry out a GNSS education and awareness programme

  • Define an operational validation plan taking into consideration the existing sub-regional initiatives

  • Define the concept of service provision and associated programmatic institutional issues

  • Perform EGNOS/GALILEO trials and pilot projects taking into consideration the existing sub-regional initiatives

  • Implement the necessary infrastructure required for the success of the project

  • Identify funding requirements

  • Identify national partners for GALILEO among the Mediterranean partners

Work shall be organised in the following four main tasks:

  • GNSS Regional Plan

  • Training and Awareness

  • GNSS Services Demonstration

  • GNSS Signal In Space Provision

Moreover, work within each task shall be performed in two phases.

1 The 12 Mediterranean Partners, situated in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia (Maghreb); Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Lebanon, Syria (Mashrek); Turkey, Cyprus and Malta; Libya currently has observer status.

last update: 10-02-2009