04 March 2008

Is the GSA (GNSS Supervisory Authority) a necessary body or European Parliament has to abolish it?

In January 2008 the European Parliament’s Industry Committee proposed actions amending the EC’s draft regulation for deployment and commercial operation of Galileo. Among these the Industry Committee is proposing to abolish GSA (former GJU – Galileo Joint Undertaking) that originally had the goal to implement the PPP (Private Public Partnership). GSA is now still needed considering that PPP did not succeed? ESA (European Space Agency) can set up and after operate the Galileo systems by its own without a direct control from EC?

The final vote on the future of GSA will take place on February 18th, but in the meantime GSA is publishing several calls for proposals and call for tenders using the EC FP7 budget! GSA is then creating opportunities for researches and companies with the aim of pushing on Galileo technologies…

In synthesis, can EC finance Galileo without a direct control on it?