Trans03-04 Press Notice40



The Transport Committee will be taking evidence on the Galileo programme on Wednesday 27 October at 2.45 pm. The programme 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?

The witnesses will be as follows:

at 2.45pm     Academic Panel

at 3.25pm     NATS, General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland, and Royal Institute of Navigation

at 4.00pm     United Kingdom Industrial Space Committee (UKISC)

at 4.40pm     Ordnance Survey

at 5.00pm     David Jamieson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials from the Department for Transport, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The evidence session will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

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Press Notice   40/2003-04   20 October 2004