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U.S. Alerts EU Against Giving Galileo Preferential Treatment

November 24, 2014  - By
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Space News is reporting that the U.S. government has alerted the European Union that any preferential treatment the EU gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network will likely violate World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements signed by the United States and the 28-nation EU.

According to a report by Peter B. de Selding, U.S. government officials voiced concerns that the EU is weighing equipment mandates for aviation, car-accident reporting and emergency-call regulations that could unfairly tip the scales in favor of Galileo to the detriment of U.S. GPS-enabled hardware.

In a presentation to the 9th Meeting of the International Committee on GNSS, held Nov. 10-14 in Prague, a senior GPS official said the United States and the EU have signed a wide body of satellite navigation agreements designed to promote open market access and interoperability.

European Commission officials have said in recent months that they are still weighing how to stimulate Galileo use.

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  1. Brian m says:

    They have to do something to justify the massive waste of Euro’s making a ‘me too’ system. So once again the ‘pride’ of the EU will cost its taxpayers in higher costs for smart phones etc. the EU is corrupt enough to be given honorary US citizenship!

    Guess I have managed to upset a good part of the world, but this ‘me too’ silliness also extends to Russia, China etc. two independent system is more than enough…… Put the rest of the development into a worldwide terrestrial back up system that is so desperately needed.

  2. Trevor J says:

    Absolutely right. It is a huge waste of money to create more GNSS systems. The US should cancel GPS which would save lots of money and their military can then rely on European, Russian and Chinese systems.

    If you can see a problem with that you might understand why other countries feel the need to have their own systems.