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Decentralised Agencies

Decentralised agencies contribute to the implementation of EU policies. They also support cooperation between the EU and national governments by pooling technical and specialist expertise from both the EU institutions and national authorities. Decentralised agencies are set up for an indefinite period and are located across the EU.


European GNSS Agency (GSA)


  • Role: The GSA manages public interests related to European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) programmes, European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Systems (EGNOS) and Galileo.
  • Director: Carlo des Dorides
  • Partners: European Commission, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Set up: 2004
  • Staff: 121
  • Location: Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Website: GSA

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) supports the EU's goal of maximising return on investment in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) in terms of:

  • benefits to users
  • economic growth
  • competitiveness.


What it does

It ensures that Europe meets its GNSS objectives and that the public benefits from European geostationary navigation overlay systems (EGNOS) and Galileo.

Its specific tasks are:

  • managing EGNOS & Galileo service provision
  • enabling GNSS-based services that respond to user needs
  • improving GNSS services & infrastructure

To accomplish this, the GSA:



The GSA’s management team, headed by its Executive Director,reports to an Administrative Board comprising:

  • representatives of all EU countries
  • an observer representing the European Space Agency
  • a European Commission representative
  • a non-voting representative from the European Parliament
  • an observer representing the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security Policy.

There is also a Security Accreditation Board with a similar make-up.

How it works

Its Administrative Board approves its annual work programme, based on the strategy established by the European GNSS Programmes Committee. Under detailed delegation agreements, the European Commission delegates responsibility for performing specific tasks relating to one or both of the GNSS programmes.


Who benefits

There are internal and external target groups.


  • Commission departments
  • EU countries
  • Members of the European Parliament, parliamentary committees & contacts
  • European agencies & bodies serving the transport & space sector
  • Institutional partners in the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems programme


  • Members of the public
  • GNSS-related national institutions in EU countries
  • Businesses involved in GNSS
  • International institutions & organisations relating to GNSS
  • GNSS & user application-related media channels
  • National authorities


See also

GSA corporate brochure


Audiovisual material

Why Accuracy Matters


Career opportunities

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