The European Parliament and the Council have reached an informal deal on the satellite navigation system Galileo.
"It is time for the EU to have its own civil navigation system in order to avoid depending on third countries' systems", said Marian-Jean Marinescu MEP who lead the negotiations with the Council.
Seven percent of the EU economy depends on the current satellite navigation technology, in most cases the GPS system managed by the US military.
The Rapporteur underlined that the Parliament's role was crucial in making this navigation system visible in the daily lives of citizens.
The Rapporteur insisted on making possible investment in the development of applications and for breaking down the budget allocated to the programme on different project segments, which will be essential for limiting the costs and for better managing the funding (...)
(...) The Galileo system could be used in areas like road safety, fee collection, traffic and parking management, fleet management, emergency calls, goods tracking and tracing, online booking, safety of shipping, digital tachographs, animal transport, agricultural planning and environmental protection to bring growth and make citizens' lives easier. (...)
- Galileo is the name of the European Satellite Navigation programme;