2007-11-25 - Galileo financing securedEU finds solution for Galileo financing

Galileo-Finanzierung mit Argrarmitteln beschlossen<br /> Late on Friday, 23 November, EU ministers decided that the troubled Galileo satellite navigation system will be financed from leftover EU funds, originally earmarked for agriculture.

The agreement came after acrimonious debate, and after Germany and three other countries that had opposed the arrangement relented. Galileo development is said to cost 2.4 billion Euros. Germany approved the new scheme after the EU Commission had proposed new tender rules meant to ensure the project is not dominated by a single company. Berlin had been concerned that its industry might be underrepresented in the venture. Under the latest funding scheme, Germany is to pay the most toward the navigation system, and so it wants to ensure its companies get business opportunities from the project. The new rules divide contracts for Galileo into six segments covering various stages of the project, with no single company able to be the prime contractor for more than two segments, said Michele Cercone, spokesman for EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot.

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