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Merkel promises opposition on Galileo sat-nav

By dpa news     Oct 17, 2007 in Business
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would keep up opposition to the way the European Union is managing proposals for the Galileo satellite-navigation system.
Speaking at a Berlin conference on transport, the chancellor said Berlin would "cheerfully" stand up for German national interests on the issue.
Berlin has criticized EU proposals to finance an investment budget shortfall of 2.4 billion euros (3.4 billion dollars) for the global-positioning system mainly from its own budget.
Merkel said that since Germany was "a major financial contributor" it had to have preference when contracts were awarded. The EU has suggested open tendering for the contracts. dpa jbp sc