30 May 2011. This study on Galieo/EGNOS and GMES analyses the public perception and international aspects and provides an overview of the European policy objective the European Space Flagship programmes can address.

The study on “The Less Known, but Crucial Elements of the European Space Flagship Programmes: Public Perception and International Aspects of Galileo/EGNOS and GMES”, prepared by ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa, is building on existing analysis on governance and structure of the two flagships, and touches on specific issues that have not been investigated thoroughly or in a comparative approach so far. The present study has therefore been conducted to tackle three areas: 1) public perception; 2) European policies; 3) international aspects. These areas can be seen as framing elements of the two flagships in that they look into the foundations of the programmes vis-à-vis the general public and decision makers and relate to the interaction on a European scale with other European policies (e.g environment, transport, regional development, agriculture, fisheries, energy, enterprise and industry, research and technology development, external policies) and how they can be used as infrastructure in achieving the main objectives of the policies and on the global level.

ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Giannopapa, with MEP Vladimir Remek (left) and ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl

This study was conducted by ESPI Resident Fellow Christina Gianopapa in consultation with the relevant European stake holders. In the framework of this study a workshop was organised in close cooperation with the ITRE Committee (Industry, Research and Energy) of the European Parliament and was conducted there on 7 December 2010 (related webnews here). It brought together the main stakeholders in the fields of satellite Earth observation and navigation in order to discuss aspects of relevance to political decision-makers. This study is meant to serve as an information element in providing information about the flagship programmes and specific analysis about public perception, European policy objectives and relevance of the Flagship programmes as well as international aspects covering ICG, GNSS, GEO, GEOSS and cooperation between Europe and its strategic partners. Recommendations are drawn up by addressing political, economic, social, technological and legal factors and are addressed to the whole set of European stakeholders.


- ESPI Report 34: “The Less Known, but Crucial Elements of the European Space Flagship Programmes: Public Perception and International Aspects of  Galileo/EGNOS and GMES”.

 Related Webnews:
- 30 May 2011: ESPI Report 33 with workshop proceedings on Galileo/EGNOS and GMES online
7 December 2010: ESPI holds at European Parliament workshop on public perception and international aspects.









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