There was no additional cost to the public purse of requests by the UK for information from the EU Satellite Centre (EUSC) in Torrejón, Spain in 2008.
Although the UK did submit some tasks in 2008, these were assessed to be of interest to other member states as well, and were adopted as Council tasks. There was therefore no additional charge to the UK, beyond our mandatory annual contribution towards the costs of the EUSC.
The EUSC board approves a new budget annually, and the UK’s annual contribution therefore changes each year according to the size of the uplift and any changes to the gross national income key rate applied. In 2008, the UK’s contribution was £1.4 million.