BBC News: A majority of EU transport ministers have approved the multi-billion euro Galileo satellite navigation project.The decision was made without the backing of Spain, which had demanded that it host a ground station for the network of 30 orbiting satellites.
Ministers had until the end of year to reach an agreement. The system is supposed to be in operation by 2013.
Questions remain about its cost but supporters say it will create jobs and cut dependence on the US GPS service.
The Commission had said that if agreement was not reached by the end of the year, the project would essentially be dead.