On 25 March the European Commission amended the legal act determining the location of the ground-based infrastructure of the Galileo system, established under the Galileo programme and setting out the necessary measures to ‘ensure that it functions smoothly’.
Following a Commission decision in January 2018, the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) back-up site has already been moved to Spain. Now the 2 Galileo Sensor Stations located on the Falkland and Ascension Islands are being removed. These host cryptographic material and EU classified information which, in accordance with the EU security rules, is not permitted to be located in the territory of third countries, unless relevant agreements are in place.
The Commission states that this is part of its Brexit preparedness work and ’The removal of these 2 stations does not affect the overall performance of Galileo services, which remains excellent, as there is sufficient capacity in the system’.