Brussels: Switzerland has signed a cooperation agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programme, the pillars of the EU”s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Switzerland will now financially participate in the programme, and will retroactively contribute €80 million for the period 2008-2013. The agreement, signed in Brussels, also covers cooperation in areas such as security, export control, standards, certification and industrial cooperation.
“I welcome Switzerland”s decision to fully step on board the European space programme. This co-operation will not only help to provide better results for the EU”s satellite navigation services, it will also open up a series of business opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises both from Switzerland and the EU,” said Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship.