Projet EuroMed GNSS II
The Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office (GEMCO) kicks off
and signs a Letter of Intent with Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF)
Tunis, 23 October 2013
The European Delegation to Tunisia inaugurated the GEMCO office at Elgazala Technopark in Tunis, at the presence of representatives of Tunisian Institutions and European Commission.
Several delegates from six Euromed countries (Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) attended the inauguration ceremony and the workshop organized by the Euromed GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) II project called MEDUSA, that is also in charge of operating the office.
The day kicked off by an Institutional panel with key note speeches from European Commission, European Delegation in Tunis and the Ministry of Transport of Tunisia that reaffirmed the interest of Tunisia towards EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) and Galileo and the mutual cooperation in the field of E-GNSS (European - GNSS) recalling the joint statement signed between the Minister of Transport and Vice-president Tajani one year ago.
The second part was mainly dedicated to share the European experiences in using EGNOS and the views for Galileo in civilian applications, as well as to discuss the possibilities for cross-fertilisation with the forthcoming GEMCO activities. During the third part, focused on reviewing the several ideas submitted in the framework of the call for ideas closed last September, the speakers - from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia - presented their proposals and their priority themes concerning the use of GNSS in their countries and in the Euromed region.
The event’s material is available in the section “Other Activities”.
Hammamet (Tunisia), 12 November 2013
On the occasion of the “Arab ICT (Information and Communication Technology) Incubators Workshop and Arab Technoparks Meeting” organized by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) Regional Office for the Arab States and Elgazala Technopark, GEMCO signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the ASTF (www.ASTF.net)) also acting as coordinator of the Arab MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Regional Challenge to the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).
Capitalizing on the parties’ common vision fostering the exploitation of the GNSS, this LoI strengthens a bilateral relationship based on a plan of joint activities identified upon mutual benefits and addressed to the Arab Euromed countries, for:
• Supporting the development and contributing to the innovation linked to the services/products based on the European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo);
• Promoting research, educational, and commercial cooperation towards their networks.
This agreement constitutes a first and important step of the new born GEMCO towards the cooperation in the field of satellite navigation with other entities in the Euromed area.
GEMCO staff’s contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mediterranean Countries should continue to collaborate with the EuroMed GNSS projects and liaise with the GALILEO Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation Office (GEMCO). The Mediterranean Countries should also liaise with the European Commission regarding the progress and opportunities related to the gradual introduction of European GNSS services in the region as of 2011.