Europe News: Europeans support Galileo

Europe News:  Europeans support Galileo

According to a recent Eurobarometer opinion survey, an overwhelming majority of EU citizens believe that Europe should set up an independent navigation system even if this involves securing additional public funds.

The Eurobarometer survey, which questioned about 26,000 citizens all over the EU on a range of issues linked to Galileo and GPS systems in general, revealed that:

The majority of Europeans (68%) are familiar with the concept of satellite-based navigation – with 20% currently using such a system and 15% planning to use one in the future.

  • An overwhelming majority – 80% of respondents – consider that the European Union should set up its own independent system, while only 12% think that there is no need for such a development.
  • 40% have already heard about the European Galileo project. This ratio reaches 60% in Germany and Luxembourg.
  • In each member state, the majority of respondents support the idea of having the EU secure the missing funds. Overall, 63% of respondents consider that the EU should secure the necessary funds to complete the Galileo project as soon as possible, and only 23% are opposed to increased investments.
  • A slight majority also agrees that the abandonment or significant delay of the Galileo project would harm the EU’s image (44% consider it harmful, 41% not).
  • 71% of European citizens "rather agree" that the EU launches globally important technology projects, even if they require high investments, and only 18% "rather disagree" with EU involvement in such resource-intensive projects.

"Europeans recognise that Galileo could have a big impact on their lives in the future, and they expect greater effort at European level to develop this technology," said European commission vice president in charge of transport, Jacques Barrot. "Therefore, we will continue the work with member states and industry to complete this major European innovation project and get the most out of our investments."

The full Eurobarometer report is available here.

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