The Secretary of State for the European Union participates in the ceremony of delivery of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) to the European Commission and the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

​The ceremony of delivery of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre to the European Commission has been presided by the Ministry of Defence and has been attended by representatives of all the Ministries integrating the Galileo Inter-ministerial Group, which has coordinated the resources needed for the setup of this Centre in Spain. Marco Aguiriano, State Secretary for the European Union, has attended on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation.

The Centre is located in the facilities of the La Marañosa National Aerospace Technology Institute (INTA), in San Martín de la Vega, Region of Madrid, thanks to the signing of the headquarters Agreement approved by the Council of Ministers on 28 December 2018 and negotiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation. The transfer of this Centre to Spain results from the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union. Spain’s candidacy to host this institution was chosen among seven countries. Brexit makes it necessary to relocate the centre which was in the United Kingdom to a country within the European Union.

Galileo is the European global satellite-based navigation system in development, which already offers initial services and guarantees very precise positioning. Global satellite-based navigation systems, known as GNSS, are of strategic importance for countries' economies and defences. The GPS and GLONASS global navigation systems are compatible with Galileo. The GSMC is a critical infrastructure operated by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) which supervises and responds to security threats, alerts and the operational status of the components of the Galileo system.

With this Centre, the Spanish contribution to, and participation in Galileo, one of the European Union's star programmes, is extended. The Galileo GSMC Centre joins other European Agencies based in Spain.





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