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Commission turns to EU budget to fill Galileo’s funding gap

The European Commission is to seek an extra €1.4 billion from the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers in the next budget round, to enable the completion of Galileo, the European answer to the United States’ Global Positioning System (GPS).

As the first two Galileo satellites launched successfully from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana on 21 September, a spokesman from Directorate General Industry says that the €1.4bn needed to complete Galileo will need to be added to the 2014-20 budget, after last-ditch efforts to find it from the current EU budget failed.

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