June 18, 2020


Thursday 18 June, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall chaired the meeting of the Administrative Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency, for the last time on reaching the end of his two terms started four years ago.

At today’s meeting, held virtually from all European nations, he underlined how our lives are shaped by satellite data, be it satellite observations or navigation. More broadly, the positioning services provided by Galileo and EGNOS are today vital to manage and optimize the flow of road, rail, air and sea traffic and are helping to curb their impacts on the environment, while the Copernicus satellites have become key climate sentinels watching over our planet.

Since Galileo entered service in 2016, it has been adopted by one and a half billion smartphone users, motorists rely on it to make emergency calls from their cars and the search-and-rescue services provided by the constellation have brought unprecedented performance improvements in locating people in distress.

During the health crisis, GSA, ESA and their industry partners have maintained the availability and quality of service of EGNOS and Galileo. GSA has supported the transport of essential goods in Europe through the Galileo Green Lanes application. Galileo’s success thus demonstrates Europe’s ability to consolidate its strategic independence and fuel innovation in many sectors of the economy.
Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The great success of Galileo and EGNOS is set to continue with the introduction of the new Space regulation. The future EUSPA agency will thus be able to build with confidence on these foundations to serve the many current and future users of satellite navigation services.” He concluded by thanking all the key stakeholders for their support for European GNSS programmes: the European Parliament, the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the European space industry and the women and men of GSA.

About GSA, the European GNSS Agency
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is the European Union agency in charge of managing operations, security and service provision for Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), EGNOS and Galileo. By working with all stakeholders, industry, service providers and user communities, GSA ensures the highest return on European GNSS investment, multiplying the benefits of space applications for European citizens and business, boosting innovation and competitiveness, and securing sustainable economic growth.
Marie Ménard, GSA Communication Officer: marie.menard@gsa.europa.eu - +420 602 619 776

Pascale Bresson    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Raphaël Sart    Press Officer    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 74 51    raphael.sart@cnes.fr

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