After losing the European Banking Authority to Paris and the European Medicines Agency to Amsterdam, London says goodbye to a space data center to Madrid. This is not a regular data center, once it stores all information regarding the Galileo System, the European GPS. The program has both civilian and military applications.
It should be noted that this facility is a backup to another one based in Paris.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which is located in Prague, voted last week by a large majority to relocate the data center to a member of the EU. The decision shall be validated next Wednesday (January 24) by the College of Commissioners.
Spain managed to succeed in its bid, taking into account that there were another five candidates.
The relocation will be entirely supported by the Spanish government. It is estimated that the data center will employ up to 30 professionals.