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EU Commission vice-President Tajani to EuroFora: GALILEO is Competitive but mustn't be Delayed !

Written by ACM
Tuesday, 18 January 2011

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EU's landmark Satellite Navigation System GALILEO, a High-Tech project to provide much needeed Space infrastructure for a large spectrum of Social, Economic, Civic Protection and/or Defense activities, can become Efficient and Competitive in a few years throughout the whole World, if it's completion iis not Delayed by bureaucratic obstacles to fund some 1,9 Biliions € needed in order to reach the necesary Threshhold of 30 Satellites at the latest on 2018, as scheduled, replied in substance the competent EU Commission's vice-President, Antonio Tajani, replying to "EuroFora"s questions  this week at EU Parliament in Strasbourg, (both during his Press Conference and afterwards).

Among EU's current Space programs, "EGMOS is aready well advanced", while also "GALILEO  is a very efficient and competitive High-Tech system, able to favorably compete with other systems.in the World (f.ex. USA's GPS, Russia's Glonass, etc). "But on the condition that we (EU) manage to organize it well", Tajani stressed  to "EuroFora".
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    - "It's naturally good that you are optimist on Galileo as far as the 2014 first stage target is concerned. "But are you sure to have all necessary financial and other means to really develop it fully, or is there anything more needed ?", "EuroFora" asked Tajani from the outset. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         - "Because also in the Past, after the 2003 EU Decision to go on, many people were optimist, but, nevertheless, some Delays appeared, before you took over, so that, f. ex. China, who had initially expressed its will to participate (with some 200 Millions € then), was later obliged, by those Delays, to prepare starting its own system", "EuroFora" reminded.  


    - "Today, do you think that all what is needed in order for the EU to advance fast ,really exists now ?", we concluded. 
 
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      - "As far as I am concerned, ....until 2014 there won't be any problems : We have the Money. The problem is for the after 2014 period", Tajani started to explain in reply to "EuroFora"s question.


    - "We (EU) must respect the Timing. I'm very much committed to try to do that, because it's important to respect the Timing in view of 2018 (scheduled full deployment of GALILEO), when it will have 30 Satellites", EU Commission's vice President stressed.


    - "Nevertheless, already with just 14 Satellites, GALILEO will be at least able to start providing some kind of services since 2014", he noted.


    - "But in order to complete the project, we (EU) must have about 1,9 Billions more, according to an evalation which will be soon made by ESA and EU Commission's experts, after which I'll be able to make a more precise appreciation", he warned.


    - "So, on Galileo, I decided to start now (1/2011) an initial reflexion on the Investments which will be needed in order to continue and complete the full organization of the Galileo project.


     - I.e., "until 2004 we have the necessary money, but we must, at the same time, respect also the (2018) Deadline", Tajani stressed in conclusion to his reply to "EuroFora"s question.
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    Obviously, a one-off 1,9 or even 2 Billions € for EU's High-Tech Satellite Navigation System GALILEO, an indispensable infrastructure for many important Economic, Civic Protection and/or Defense activities in all EU's 27 Member Countries and much more throughout the World, is comparatively "nothing", of simply peanuts, compared f.ex. with almost repeated spending of 1 Billion € each Year for Turkey's controversia and impopular EU bid, and/or to ... more than 30 (Thirty !) Billions € blocked and wasted in the controversial, Low-Tech, 20 Years Old project A400M, a locally limited, banal Military "Bus" deprived of any Innovation, unable to lift not even 1 Modern Tank (fex. Leclerc III), unable to fly far enough, but limited ony to a smalll regional area; which, therefore, abandons Global, TransContinental Air Military Transport exclusively to the USA's big Boeing "GobeMaster", condemning Europe to be restricted in a petty role of local "plumber"..


    EU Lisbon Treaty, which entered into force since December 2009, explicitly gives to the EU New Legal Competences in order to develop an ambitious Space High-Tech Policy, and it would be a blatant Contradition if , nevertheless, EU didn't go faster now on GALILEO than it had initially decided to do already as early as since an Historic 2003 decision...
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    - "When I recently visited China, before Christmas, from my meeting with Chinese Ministers, it was clear that there was a Desire to reach an Agreement. So, I hope that we shall be able to go forward in the Future", Tajani earlier noted, optimistically, after "EuroFora" had already warned him about the above mentioned 2006-2009 developments regarding Beijing's interest for EU's Galieo (See supra). - "As for Russia, there are no impediments, and relations are Healthy enough", he added, replying to another collegue's question.


    - "Concerning the USA, they have their GPS, and we (EU) have GALILEO, We (EU) want to have an Independent System, including on frequences", EU Commission's vice-President clearly said also in the same Press Conference, reminding EU's crystal-clear choice for an Autonomous strategic development of European capacities, (comp. f.ex. EU Parliament's March 2010 vote on the President of EU Parliament's Security and Defence Committee, French MEP Arnould Danjean's landmark Report on EU's relevant policies, and his related statements to "EuroFora")

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It's important to create a synergy between "mutually stimulating" EU Countries' moves in order to overcome an "Unjust" Crisis "imported from USA", stressed new French Minister for Economic Revival, Patrick Devedjian, in Strasbourg, warning also that, while hoping for a vigorous Obama US Plan, nevertheless, "Time" is of essence for Europe...

In fact, it's EU's own interest to act Fast, before June 2009 EU Election, since, with Lisbon Treaty not ratified yet, it cannot face again the risk of a Majority Abstention, as back in 1999 and 2004, nor another "anti-EU" mood among Citizens, as in the 2005 French and Dutch "No", followed by the 2008 Irish "No", without endangering rare Historic opportunities, currently open for the EU, whose future is at stake.

From Social issues up to High-Tech Scientific Research, concrete action for Economic revival started from Strasbourg and its European dimension, for the new super-Minister Patrick Devedjian, who visited a Popular Social Housing and Infrastructure project at nearby Hagenau village, before meeting new leaders of Strasbourg's unified mega-University in a Scientific Labo at the Campus, close to EU Parliament and CoE headquarters.

Devedjian, who met also with all the spectrum of Local Political  deciders of Alsace region, close to FrancoGerman borders, wants for deeds to meet the words, in real practice, whenever politicians speak about Strasbourg and Europe's development.

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Devedjan to "EuroFora" : "European coordination can act as a multiplicator by mutual stimulations"
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Devedjian was questioned by "Euro-Fora" on his expectations for reciprocal effects of coordinated European plans :

- "We are living in a (European and Global) system where borders are transparent : When we take measures in France, they produce effects also in Germany, in Belgium, Italy, Spain, or other EU countries, and vice-versa. "So, we can have mutually stimulating effects between national revival Plans, if they are somehow coordinated", ..."They can augment each other's effects, acting as multiplicators and levers". "As a State stimulates Local authorities and Private business, similarly, each EU country's economic revival plan may multiply the effects of other EU countries' actions", he told us.

- "F.ex., when I visited Strasbourg University's Scientific labos, they told me that part of the renovation, funded by France, is realized by German companies located only a few Kms away from the border. Thus, the French revival plan benefits also the German economy. And vice-versa : when Germany takes certain measures, they can have beneficial effects also for French companies"

In an era of Globalisation, "nobody can close and isolate himself inside a Fish-Bowl !", he concluded.
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Economy's revival starts from Strasbourg and Europe, for new French Minister Devedjian
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This could be one of the reasons for which the new French Minister for Economic Stimulus chose to make his 1st visit to Strasbourg, the headquarters of European and Paneuropean Institutions, in the Franco-German river borders at the heart of Europe.

- "It was President Sarkozy's idea", he revealed, adding also fresh "support to Strasbourg's European vocation, not only with words, but also with deeds" :F.ex., the completion of a High-Speed Train network, due to stimulate fast links with Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and other central EU Countries.

- "This Crisis is Unjust for Europe, because it wasn't its fault". The greatest part of the "Crisis was imported from the USA, where problems are deeper than here'', in the EU. The Crisis "wasn't due to a bad managment by Europe", who was affected by problems which emerged elsewhere. That's why Europe must be united and active enough to face this challenge. said Devedjian, who has just won +5% in popularity...

- "I hope that there will be an "Obama-effect" also on Economy, and that the Plan of the New American President will be substantial enough to face this crisis, which is worse in the USA than in our area", Europe, he added.

"Economic Revival overcomes political divisions : F.ex. Strasbourg's Socialist Mayor "Ries agreed that State actions funded by Public Debt are justified during such exceptional circumstances", noted the Center-Right republican Minister.

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"Zeitnot" for 2009 EU Elections ?

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"My problem is Time", stressed Devedjian from the outset, at Strasbourg's University. "I have to engage 75% of funds in 2009, out of a total of 29 Billion euros", he explained later. "Monitoring will be of essence", because we must "avoid bureaucracy or delays. No project should get lost or neglected in complex meanders of adminstrative offices' moving sands", he warned.

- "I must create activities in the middle of the Crisis", he added. Questioned by EuroFora whether he aims to start creating some "hopes before the June 2009 EU Elections", Devedjian, a former leader of the Governing Political Party in France: UMP, did not immediately reply, but revealed, later, that he "hoped to start at least some Projects on May 2009, even if the bulk of Revival Plan's effects are "expected from Autumn 2009".

However, with only 30% of EU Citizens currently aiming to cast a vote at the forthcoming EU Elections on June, (See other NewStory), the  coordinated moves' results are expected to be crucial for Citizens' participation and votes at the forthcoming June 2009 EU Elections throughout all 27 EU Member Countries...Thus, it's vital for all Europe's own Future that coordinated national Economic revival plans start to have concrete results and create hopes for new dynamics before the June 2009 EU Election...

A real challenge, since careful choices are needed : Our aim is to fund projects which "create activities", even "in the middle of the crisis", and have a "lever effect, attracting other investments", Devedjian said. Because the "Stimulus' Plan has 2 aims : A Tactical one : to create New Activities. And a Strategic one : Choose what can become efficient and useful also in the Long-term". 

- "Are you ready ?", he asked Strasbourg University's new President, professor Alain Beretz, with some 700 million euros in his pockets for Education-Research in France. - "We are !", he replied.

- "The Minister's initiative can accelerate funds, and Time is important for us. This concerns the entire renovation of all our buildings", said to "EuroFora" President, Beretz. "I showed some Scientific Research Labos to Mr. Devedjian. But, If we had more time, I could show him also some Education Amphis, whose condition needs to meet Strasbourg's new Mega-University's ambition" to reach the 10 best in the World, as Prime Minister Fillon earlier anounced here.

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(Devedjian kicks off his Economic Revival tour from Strasbourg University, meeting with its new chairman Beretz, at Scientific Institute Le Bel) 

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Regional Prefectures should gather and select projects to be presented for decision before the end of January 2009.

A well-known close friend of President Sarkozy, who succeeded as EU Chairman to launch, in agreement with German chancelor Merkel and even British prime minister Brown, vigorous EU actions against the Financial/Economic Crisis, (starting from the 1st Historic Summit of EuroZone's Heads of State/Government, October 12 at Elysee Palace, followed by Washington G20 Global Summit), Devedjan will have a key role in the realisation of National and EU plans recently agreed in Brussels.

President Sarkozy is expected to arrive himself in Strasbourg, on the occasion of the official inauguration of its brand New Mega-Hospital, on the 9th of January 2009, at the eve of EU Parliament's session here, Elysee confirmed shortly after Devedjian's visit.

EU is due to review its economic revival plans at March 2009 EU Council in Prague, before the April 2 London Global Summit.

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