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Adiós Galileo Security Surveillance Centre!

A consequence of Brexit is that the UK will not be able to host EU organisations and UK companies will not be eligible to work on projects associated with European security.  This includes activities in support of the Galileo secure service and system monitoring.  As a leader in the European space programme, many UK companies will be affected by this change.

In 2010, the UK was selected to provide a back-up monitoring facility for the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France).  The centre in Swanwick was expected to be commissioned later this year. 

In August last year, in preparation for the change in the UKs status, the Commission asked for expressions of interest from EU members to host a new back-up centre.  The proposal from Spain to host the centre in Madrid, was adopted on the 24 January.  To fit in with the timetable set by article 50. it is expected to be operational by April 2019

Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: "Europe's satellite navigation system Galileo has already been delivering high quality services for over a year now. With today's decision the Commission is taking the necessary operational steps to ensure business continuity and preserve the security of the Galileo system.”

Updated: 25 January 2018

Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018


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