Executive Director da Costa welcomes PM Andrej Babiš at Prague Headquarters to celebrate EUSPA

Published: 
03 September 2021
EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, and Deputy Prime Minister, Karel Havlíček.
EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Andrej Babiš, and Deputy Prime Minister, Karel Havlíček.

The EUSPA Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa welcomed Prime Minister Andrej Babiš at the agency’s headquarters on the occasion of 9 years of #EUSpace in Prague. Mr Babiš had the opportunity to experience first-hand cutting-edge applications that leverage data from the EU Space Programme.

In 2012, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) moved its operations from Brussels, Belgium to Prague, Czech Republic. The Agency has since then become a point of reference in the European space industry particularly when it comes to building Europe’s independent capacity in satellite navigation with Galileo and EGNOS.

On May 12th 2021, the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) was created on the basis of GSA but with extended scope and with the task to underpin the first-ever integrated space programme of the European Union. EUSPA takes on responsibility for various new Space Programme components and leverages the GSA’s technical expertise, market intelligence, security and know-how to create synergies that will take EU space services and applications to a new level.

Read this: The new European Union Space Programme a successful European cooperation paradigm.

Today, to commemorate the 9th anniversary of EUSPA in the host country, Czech Republic, the Executive Director, Rodrigo da Costa, welcomed Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, at the headquarters of the agency. Mr Babiš had the opportunity to experience first-hand EU Space applications such as a Galileo-enabled beacon with the Return Link Service, land a commercial plane with the help of EGNOS and fly a drone equipped with a Galileo and EGNOS receiver. “EUSPA is turning the EU space ambitions into a reality” declared the EUSPA Executive Director.

Rodrigo da Costa presented to the guests how the EU Space Programme can be a lever to drive digitization across the Union and support the achievement of EU Green Deal goals such as curbing CO2 emissions in road and air transportation with powerful synergies between Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS. The upcoming secure satellite communications system for governmental users, GOVSATCOM, was among the main topics discussed during the visit.

Rodrigo da Costa acquainting Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, with the Galileo Return Link Service, a unique feature of the Galileo SAR. 

‘’We are well aware of the growing strategic importance of the space industry and services provided by satellite systems in our everyday lives. Europe cannot afford to remain on the sidelines in this arena and must maintain its position among the world’s leading nations. That is why I am very pleased that the Czech Republic will be able to build on its successful cooperation with the GSA and host the GSA´s successor, EUSPA, here in Prague," said Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš.

Prime Minister Babiš was accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister, Karel Havlíček and top government officials while at this special ceremony Members of the European Parliement and European Commission representatives were present.

‘’It was an honour to have the Prime Minister of the host country on such a special day for the agency. EUSPA will continue working, together with all Member States, towards building a robust EU space sector that will secure Europe’s autonomy, economic growth and resilience’’, concluded da Costa.

Deputy Prime Minister, Karel Havlíček flying a drone with the help of Galileo satellites. 

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Updated: Sep 03, 2021