EU seeks to introduce satellite navigation systems among Mediterranean partners


The EU-funded Euromed Transport programme and the Syrian Ministry of Transport organised a workshop to familiarize Arab experts with the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), which is the first European commercial project in satellite navigation.
The EU-funded satellite navigation project GNSS II seeks to introduce the ‘Galileo’ and ‘EGNOS’ satellite navigation systems used in the EU in the field of civil aviation, road transport, railways and maritime transport in the Mediterranean partners countries.
The Workshop provided information concerning the status and plans of EGNOS & Galileo and their main applications in all transport modes. The event also gave the occasion to present the on-going activities in support to the extension of EGNOS in the Arabic countries, and discussed with the audience on the opportunities and commercial benefits generated in these countries by the development of applications thanks to such an extension.
The experts were also briefed on future plans for Galileo, for which two satellites are expected to be launched in December. Euromed Transport says the civil aviation market will benefit most from EGNOS, as it is used to improve and strengthen the signal given to the aircraft for takeoffs and landings. Work is underway to create four EGNOS stations to improve the signal and provide full coverage of the Mediterranean region which is outside the system and lacks sufficient precision and safety.
The workshop and the work of the project were also the focus of the latest Eurojar feature published in the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat.
GNSS II, funded by the EU with a budget of €4.5 million over a period of three years, aims to undertake actions towards the operational introduction of sustainable Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) services in the Euro-Mediterranean region as a follow-up to the preparatory work carried out during the GNSS I project.
Specifically, the project seeks to develop a suitable institutional, regulatory and service framework for the application of GNSS services in the aviation and maritime transport domain, achieving interconnection with the European infrastructure at an equivalent level of safety standards. (ENPI Info Centre
Workshop on ‘Opportunities of Satellite Navigation for the Arab Countries’
Eurojar article in Al-Hayat – EU seeks to link Arab navigation with satellite systems (AR)
GNSS II – fiche and News
GNSS II – website
Euromed Transport – fiche and news
Euromed Transport - website
Eurojar website


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