Member States validate agreement on setting up the European Global Navigation Satellite System

16 December 2013, Last updated at, 09:30 EET
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Today the Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed the agreement reached by the Lithuanian Presidency and the European Parliament on setting up the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Agency. The provisions of Regulation lay down the terms under which the Agency must perform its task concerning security accreditation of the systems.

Regulation establishes the Security Accreditation Board for European GNSS systems which, alongside the Administrative Board and the Executive Director, is one of the three bodies of the Agency.

By 2016 at the latest, and every five years thereafter, the Commission shall arrange an evaluation of the Agency, concerning, in particular, its impact, effectiveness, smooth running, working methods, requirements and use of the resources entrusted to it.

The Chair of the Committee Deputy Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the EU ambassador Vinčiūnas thanked all Member States and the Commission for the constructive approach shown along the examination of this proposal in the Council. He also thanked the European Parliament for flexibility shown in the informal trilogue negotiations, which led to timely agreement on this important legislative dossier in the field of transport.

Ambassador A. Vinčiūnas signed a letter to be sent to the Chair of the ITRE Committee to confirm the first reading agreement. The provisional agreement between the co-legislators was reached ad referendum at the informal trilogue on 5 December 2013.

Background:

On 6 February 2013, the Commission transmitted to the Council and the European Parliament the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EU) No 912/2010 setting up the European GNSS Agency.

This proposal aims at bringing Regulation No 912/2010 in compliance with the new governance for the systems established under the Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) programmes contained in the forthcoming Regulation on the implementation and exploitation of European satellite navigation systems, which will replace Regulation (EC) No 683/2008 on the further implementation of the European satellite navigation programmes. In particular, it aims at providing for appropriate measures to ensure the separation between tasks relating to security accreditation and the other tasks of the EU GNSS Agency.

The examination of the proposal in the Council started on 15 April 2013.At its meeting on 10 October 2013, the TTE Council adopted a general approach on the proposal.

On 14 October 2013, the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) adopted a report containing 58 amendments to the Commission proposal.

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