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European GNSS agency moves to Prague

Czech Republic: The lower chamber of the Czech Parliament approved transfer of the administrative headquarters of Galileo from Brussels to Prague. Galileo is Europe’s own global navigation satellite system (GNSS). The agency will move to Prague during the summer, announced Czech Transport Minister Pavel Dobes.

The European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Agency is the first EU regulatory body to move its headquarters to the Czech Republic, after having been provisionally located in Brussels.

The Galileo system is comprised of 18 operational satellites, and will start to provide the services to EU users from the end of 2014, the Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani has said. Two satellites will be launched from Kourou, French Guyana, on September 28. These will be added to the first two satellites, which were launched in October 2012, he said. Six others will follow in 2013 and eight others in 2014. The constellation should grow to 26 satellites by 2015, and 30 in 2020.

The programme will cost EUR 5 billion in 2015, said Tajani.

Source: Europolitics