According to local media, the EU has opted to relocate the Galileo satellite monitoring centre from the UK to Spain.
The UK won the contract in 2010 to provide the backup monitoring centre for the Galileo satellite navigation system. However, following a competitive tender with six countries, Madrid has been selected as the new base for the Galileo Security Surveillance Centre to ensure infrastructure remains in an EU country following Brexit.
"Today the committee of the member states’ representatives met and we can confirm that the committee voted in favour, by a large majority, of our commission proposal to relocate the centre to Spain,” a spokesperson for the European commission told reporters in Brussels. The decision is expected to be adopted formally on Wednesday 24 January.
The UK will remain a participant in the Galileo project, but non-EU countries are excluded from participating in security particulars.
“Given the overriding importance for the Galileo programme of maintaining the business continuity of the backup site, it is necessary that the UK backup site … is transferred to a location in the EU27,” the EC spokesperson said.