Comitology Meeting: Committee on Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) (8 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: Agriculture and Fisheries Council (11-12 December 2017)

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Event: 10th European conference on European Space Policy (Brussels, 23 – 24 January 2018)

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Press Release: GSA to play a role in Galileo satellite launch planned for Dec 12

Four Galileo satellites are to be launched on an Ariane 5 launcher from the Kourou Space Centre in French Guyana at 18:36 UTC (19:36 CET) on December 12. For the first time, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will be responsible for the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) of this mission (L9), overseeing Spaceopal GmbH in their new role as Galileo Service Operator.

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Agenda: Space Working Party (15 December 2017)

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UPDATED – Agenda: European eCall Implementation Platform Meeting (15 September 2017)

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Recommendation for a Council Decision authorising the Commission to open negotiations with the Swiss Confederation on an agreement laying down the terms and conditions for the participation of the Swiss Confederation in the European GNSS Agency

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

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The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Press Release: Galileo – Council adopts conclusions on mid-term evaluation

The Council adopted conclusions on the report by the Commission containing a mid-term evaluation of Galileo, EGNOS and the performance of the European GNSS Agency. The conclusions underline the strategic importance of Europe’s satellite navigation systems and set out a number of recommendations on their implementation and evolution.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Telecommunications Council (4 December 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council is due to agree a general approach on an updated mandate for the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communication (BEREC). Ministers will also look at the progress made on a proposal to update privacy rules for electronic communications (ePrivacy). They will hold a policy debate on a draft regulation on the free flow of non-personal data.  The presidency will brief ministers on the state of play of negotiations on a European electronic communications code. It will also provide information on Council conclusions on cybersecurity, from 20 November, as well as a draft Council action plan for their implementation. Lastly, the incoming Bulgarian presidency will present its work programme.

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Copernicus space programme: conclusions on mid-term review

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UPDATED – Agenda: Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) Council (30 November – 1 December 2017)

Update: the main results are now available.

The Council will be invited to agree on a general approach to establish a single digital gateway.  Ministers will also take part in a debate on industrial policy with a view to adopting conclusions on a future EU strategy on this topic. In addition, the regular “Competitiveness check-up” part of the session will focus on industrial policy objectives. The Council will examine the way forward for the EU space programmes and will be invited to adopt conclusions on the mid-term review of the Copernicus programme. Finally, A set of draft conclusions titled “From the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020 towards the ninth framework programme” will be submitted to the Council for approval.

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ITRE Committee – Review of EU-third country cooperation on policies falling within the ITRE domain in relation to Brexit (28 November 2017)

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UPDATED – Draft Council conclusions on the “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and of the performance of the European GNSS Agency”

Update: the document has been revised.

− Adoption

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (29 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, transport and general policy items.

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Council conclusions on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Copernicus Programme”

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UPDATED – Agenda: Working Party on Transport Intermodal Questions and Networks (23 November 2017)

Update: A revised Agenda has been published.

The agenda items include an examination of a Commission non-paper for IMO/A 30, information from the Commission on the EU-China Connectivity Platform, a continuation of examination of the draft Council conclusions on the European Court of Auditors’ Special Report No 13/2017: “A single European rail traffic management system: will the political choice ever become reality?” and an examination of the final Presidency compromise text on “The Mid-term Evaluation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and on the performance of the European GNSS Agency”.

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Press Release: Taking stock of Commercial Space Applications, between Transformation, Fusion and Competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently sponsored the 23rd Ka and Broadband Communications Conference and the 35th AIAA International Communications Satellite Systems Conference (ICSSC), two of the most influential technical conferences on satellite systems, which were held jointly in Trieste, Italy, on 16-19 October 2017.

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Agenda: Coreper 1 Meeting (22 & 24 November 2017)

Agenda items include energy & environment, digital, trade, transport and general policy items.

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