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In 2008, the European Commission will dedicate 601 million to continuing Galileo, the European satellite navigation programme. This is the figure in the provisional work programme for European GNSS programmes (Galileo + Egnos (1)) for the year 2008, adopted by the Commission on 18 June. Why provisional'? Because - as everyone knows - time is running out for Galileo, and calls for tender must be launched as quickly as possible in view of providing the system's infrastructure. In order to be able to authorise the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch the call for tenders, the Commission's authorisation must be based on a work programme. Which, formally, can only be adopted itself once the future Galileo regulation has been adopted, published and has come into force. Succinctly, with the provisional' label, the Commission jumps ahead of the schedule and avoids additional delays in launching the programme. This provisional work programme should be confirmed, with certain adjustments if necessary, once the regulation has come into force. This should be done before late 2008. The calls for tender will include a warning clearly indicating the provisional nature of the work programme.

In compliance with the Galileo regulation, six main batches will be subject to public procurement, for which the ESA will launch one or several calls for tender (see table below from the provisional work programme). Other than these batches, further contracts will have to be awarded to achieve Galileo's full operational capacity. It is in particular a question of contracts with different service and contract providers for the manufacturing of trial receivers.

The year 2008 will also see different institutional structures put in place which will supervise the programme's proper instigation (programme committee, security council, interinstitutional committee). It will also see the Commission publish an action plan for the development of applications and services based on Galileo and establish a risk management plan linked to the programme's implementation. And, though the Commission has renounced the public private partnership (PPP) scheme for the deployment phase, PPP contracts - or any other form of contract with the private sector - can be concluded for the operation or renewal of the system after 2013. From 2008 and during the next year, the Commission will lead studies to assess the pros and cons of this method.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Jun 24, 2008

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