Prague to host part of EU’s global satellite navigation system
The Czech Republic is set to host part of Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system, after EU representatives on Wednesday voted to locate the project’s administrative centre in Prague. Ministers are expected to rubber-stamp that decision in Brussels on Friday.
“What we hope to get in Prague is marketing, certification, accreditation, and public relations. We also hope that all the contracts will be made in Prague in the future. The Czech capital should be the showroom of the Galileo project.”
“The Czech Republic began working on the bid in 2006. One of the reasons we should get the seat in Prague is that we are the only former Eastern bloc country that joined the European Space Agency. Also, the Czech Republic is the only country that does not a European agency.”
If the choice of Prague is confirmed, Galileo’s supervision agency will be sending some 50 people to their new offices in the Holešovice neighbourhood. It is hoped that the project could help provide an stimulus for the Czech space industry.
Friday’s decision on the location of Galileo’s administrative centre has to be unanimous, and Prague remains the only candidate in the bid.