Prague among candidates for Galileo

A meeting of Ministers of Transport did not find the solution about the seat of Galileo, a satellite navigation system, said the Finish Minister of Transport, Sasanna Huovinen. There are many European countries who want to have the prestigious and lucrative seat in one of their cities. One of the candidates is also Prague.

Galileo is is project of the European Commission and the European Space Agency. It should be an alternative of American GPS and Russian GLONASS. Twenty-seven satellites will provide navigation services from 2011.

Eleven candidates for the seat are mainly from old EU member states, which is, according to Jan Kohout, the Czech Permanent Representative to the EU, against the signed agreement from 2003 that all new EU institutes will be in new member states. Old member states now call attention to security measures, even though all eleven candidates fulfil the basic criteria.

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