United States–European Community
GPS-Galileo Working Group “B” on Trade & Civil Applications
Washington, D.C. / Brussels, Belgium
July 10, 2008
On July 10, 2008, representatives from the United States and the European Community convened the second meeting (via video teleconference) of the Working Group on Trade and Civil Applications (Working Group B) in connection with the 2004 U.S.–E.C. Agreement on the Promotion, Provision and Use of Galileo and GPS Satellite-Based Navigation Systems and Related Applications.
The Working Group discussed ideas for expanding the joint outreach effort initiated last year to promote the combined benefits of GPS and Galileo. The Working Group exchanged information about the revised Galileo management structure. The Working Group addressed specific questions about Galileo raised by U.S. industry and considered proposals for enabling global equipment manufacturers to develop and test GPS/Galileo receivers and applications on a level playing field that benefits users.
The Working Group also exchanged information about U.S. space acquisition processes and policies and the role of European companies in that context.
The meeting included limited participation from the satellite navigation industry.