The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, presided yesterday the act of delivery to the GNSS Agency (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), dependent on the European Commission, of the building in which will be installed the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC), which has left the UK as a result of Brexit.
The delivery ceremony took place in the new headquarters of the GSMC, the facilities of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) of La Marañosa, in San Martin de la Vega (Community of Madrid). Galileo is the European satellite navigation system, while the GSMC is an infrastructure of the European Agency for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GSA) which monitors and acts in relation to security threats, alerts and the operational status of the components of the Galileo system.
Last January, the European Commission and the Member States of the EU approved the Spanish candidacy to host the GSMC. The election in Madrid made it possible to mitigate, in part, the disappointment caused by the loss of the European Medicines Agency (which finally stayed in Amsterdam, to the detriment of Barcelona), one of the two agencies that have been forced to move because of of the future departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (the other is the European Banking Authority, which will eventually stay in Paris).
The firm was attended by representatives of each of the Ministries integrated into the Galileo Interministerial Group, which has coordinated the efforts for the installation in Spain of this Center. Marco Aguiriano, Secretary of State for the European Union, participated on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“This is a bet of Spain for the European Union. Spain will always be clearly committed to Europe, to science and to innovation”, said Robles. Galileo “will allow us to simplify and streamline relations and communications, which are so important these days”, she added.