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EU: Galileo Project

Volume 698: debated on Tuesday 5 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the debate on 17 January (Official Report, cols. 1416–9), what were the circumstances in which the commercial backers for the European Union's Galileo project declined to proceed. [HL1599]

The European Commission's working document of May 2007 accompanying the Commission Communication Galileo at a crossroad: The implementation of the European GNSS Programmes (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/energy_transport/galileo/doc /staff_doc_galileo_en_final_16052007.pdf), suggested that reasons for the failure included continuous unresolved disputes over the share of industrial work, unresolved negotiations on the transfer of design risk, the technical complexity of the programme, and insufficiently strong and clear public governance. Ministers at the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council in June endorsed the Commission's analysis, and concluded that the deployment phase of the programme would best be carried out with an alternative procurement model.