New Inquiry: Galileo Call for Evidence

Galileo: Call for Evidence

The Transport Committee is calling for evidence on the Galileo programme, which is intended to establish a new satellite navigation constellation with appropriate ground infrastructure for the European Union. A decision on Phase II of the Galileo programme is expected to be taken at the meeting of the EU Transport Council in December 2004.

Before that meeting, the Committee wishes to explore the following questions:

What benefits will Galileo Phase II bring that EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System) will not?

How important is it for the EU to be independent of the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS)?

What are the potential benefits of the Public Regulated Service (PRS) system? Is it realistic to expect that Member States will not want to cross-subsidise PRS from commercial services?

Are the arrangements to prevent military use of Galileo sufficiently robust?

Are  arrangements to oversee the security aspects of Galileo appropriate?

What are the potential benefits of the programme to UK industry, and to UK users of Galileo, such as NATS?

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Monday 13th September 2004. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length. 

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word or Word Perfect formats) either by e-mail to or on a disk accompanying the hard copy. Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible. 

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice   37/2003-04   16 July  2004