On the 2nd of March 2018 the European Comission has amended the implementing decision (EU) 2017/224 setting out the technical and operational specifications allowing the Commercial Service offered by the system established under the Galileo programme to fulfil the function referred to in Article 2(4)(c) of Regulation (EU) No 1285/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
The Commercial Service makes two major improvements to the Open Service, namely greater precision in terms of geolocation and reinforced authentication capacity. Furthermore, in order to better meet the various needs of the different communities of users of the Commercial Service, it is vital for these two improvements to be offered to them independently of each other. High precision in terms of geolocation should extend the scope of the applications of satellite navigation technology. It is therefore important to enhance the quality of the data provided by the system under the Galileo programme so that the positioning error is reduced to less than a decimetre, in nominal conditions of use. Authentication capacity should increase the degree of safety and prevent risks of falsification and fraud in particular, assuring users that the information which they receive does come from the system under the Galileo programme and not from an unrecognised source.