European citizens own EGNOS. The European Commission took over ownership of EGNOS’ infrastructure from the European Space Agency on behalf of the European Union on 1 April 2009. EGNOS and Galileo, the future global navigation satellite system, are now part of Europe’s GNSS programmes managed by the European Commission.
The development of EGNOS arose from a tripartite agreement between the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC) and Eurocontrol, the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. The agreement was signed in June 1998.
EGNOS was developed by the EGNOS Operator and Infrastructure Group (EOIG) with the support of the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and Eurocontrol.
ESA had overall responsibility for the design and development of the EGNOS system.
The European Commission has assigned the operational management, the service provision and maintenance of EGNOS to the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a company founded in 2001 by seven air European air navigation service providers:
- AENA (Spain)
- DFS (Germany)
- DSNA (France)
- ENAV (Italy)
- NATS (UK)
- NAV (Portugal)
- Skyguide (Switzerland)