Switzerland joins Galileo
Switzerland has signed an agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programmes.
As a result of the signing in Brussels on 18 December, Switzerland will now fully financially participate in the programmes, and will retroactively contribute €80 million for the period 2008-2013.
The agreement also covers cooperation in areas such as security, export control, standards, certification and industrial cooperation.
So Switzerland will now participate in the EU satellite navigation programmes and in their committees and working groups. Norway, another European Space Agency (ESA) member who is not a member of the EU, signed a similar agreement with the Commission in 2010.
Through its membership of ESA, Switzerland has already contributed to Galileo's development phase - providing, for example, the state-of-the-art hydrogen-maser clocks used by the Galileo satellites.
The EC believes that Galileo will deliver around €90 billion to the EU economy over the first 20 years of operation, while from now until 2020, the EU will spend €7 billion on satellite navigation. Switzerland's financial contribution for the period 2014-2020 will be calculated in accordance with a standard formula applied for its participation in the EU research Framework Programme.
Details from the EC link below.