The commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome took place in the presence of Valerie Fedeli, Italy’s Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research, and Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome. Among the speakers delivering welcome messages were Béatrice Covassi, Head of the European Commission representation to Italy, Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General of DG GROW, and ESA Director General Jan Wörner.
This conference held special importance as it was the first European-level meeting after that of the EU Competitiveness Council in Brussels on 30 May, which confirmed the support of member states for the Galileo and Copernicus programmes, and development of their applications for the benefit of Europe’s citizens.
For Galileo, this strategy is underpinned by GSA, the European GNSS agency, based in Prague and in charge of managing and operating the EGNOS and Galileo satellite navigation systems. CNES’s President is the current Chair of GSA’s Administrative Board.
Jean-Yves Le Gall was invited to the plenary sessions, where he took part in the round table on “Space at the Service of European Citizens”. He underlined the importance of the EGNOS and Galileo programmes in citizens’ daily lives and GSA’s key role in operating them. “GSA is a key cog in the integration of Europe’s space effort, as it is working to implement the Space Strategy for Europe. Indeed, it is set not only to manage operations of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes but also to spearhead development of GNSS1 applications for European citizens,” he said.
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