Antonio Tajani - Articles and news items
Issue 6 2012 • 5 December 2012 • Antonio Tajani, Vice-President, Commissioner of Enterprise and Industry, European Commission
The European Geostationary Navi - gation Overlay Service (EGNOS) signals and services are now permanently available for free for all European citizens and industries. After more than 10 years of development, its three services; Open Service, Safety of Life and Data Access Service, were respectively declared operational in 2009, 2011 and 2012. EGNOS has become the first European satellite navigation system to reach the phase of exploitation.The EGNOS programme is managed by the European Commission, in close co-operation with the European Member States, and with the support of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA). The EGNOS mission has been developed based on user needs and follows standards set at international level under the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The system was tailored to European requirements with the support of the European Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSP)s and EUROCONTROL. The certification of EGNOS is delivered by a group of European National Safety Agency (NSA) led by the French Direction de la sécurité de l'aviation civile (DSAC), and will be handed over to the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
The aviation industry is faced with many challenges that will need to be overcome if it is to remain sustainable. Airlines and airports across Europe are finding it difficult to increase their capacity while cutting back costs and reducing the impact of aviation on the environment. This situation has been made all the more difficult by the recent economic crisis. These problems are too big for any individual company to tackle alone. They have to be tackled at the European level.