Transport Ministers have approved funding of Federal Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system from the general EU budget.
The £2.4bn cost (more like £3bn once fraud and theft has been taken into account) will be met from “spare” money. Why are we throwing billions at Federal Europe if they don’t need it all? Why don’t they give us the “spare” part of our very generous subsidy back?
Galileo will consist of two receiving stations – one in Germany and one in Italy – and 30 mid-earth orbit satellites.
The EU Transport Commissioner, Jacques Barrot, said that “Spatial navigation is really an indication of our power amongst the countries of the world”.
As we’ve been told, repeatedly, the EU not-a-constitution will turn the EU into what is, to all intents and purposes, a country. The aim of the EU, from when it was initially brought into being, was to create a Federal Europe. The Schuman Declaration actually said that it was the first steps toward a European Federation. The not-a-constitution hasn’t even been signed yet, let alone been approved in the planned Danish and Irish referenda, but the EU’s minions are already talking about the EU as a country.
Petty one-upmanship with the Americans is not only pointless and petty, but it costs the English taxpayer a fortune. The American GPS system gives almost worldwide coverage and is free to use. There is no need for a proprietry EU system to duplicate what is already there.