On Dec. 1, 2013 the Agreement on Cooperation in the development of civil global navigation satellite system (GNSS) between the European Union and Ukraine comes into force. Under the agreement, Ukraine will be able to participate in programs of development, deployment and use of the European satellite system Galileo, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

Under the agreement, Oleksandr Vilkul, Deputy Prime Minister and Antonio Tajani, Vice President of European Commission, European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship signed a Joint Statement on the provision by European Commission of technical assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 5 million EUR to improve the quality of satellite navigation on its territory.

It is assumed that the funds under the project will be aimed to develop a feasibility study and the acquisition of appropriate equipment for the three base stations of RIMS monitoring. European experts will also help with the installation of stations and conduct staff training. Project implementation starts from the moment of the Agreement signing.

The Government of Ukraine and the European Commission are also planning to implement a priority initiative aimed to strengthen cooperation in provision of accurate navigation and related to the expansion of the EGNOS system to Ukrainian territory.

"For development of the aviation industry, the government conducts systematic work to improve flights safety and implement modern navigation systems," Vilkul said.

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