Matthias Petschke has been the Director of the Galileo team of the European Commission since October 2013, where his role is to take charge of the EU satellite navigation programmes. Upon his appointment to the role, Mr Petschke declared “Galileo is great, for many reasons: the services it will offer for the benefit of citizens and industry, the contribution it will make to competitiveness - c'est du concret, on ne parle pas de compétitivité, on agit!”. Mr Petschke has a background in law and a long experience of work in the European Institutions. He was the Head of the Commission Representation in Berlin, Germany for five years. Prior to his Berlin position, he worked in the European Commission's department for internal market and services as a head of unit for public procurement policy. Before joining the European Commission in 1995, he worked for the German government's ministry for economic affairs. Galileo is a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) currently being built collaboratively by the European Union (EU) and European Space Agency (ESA). The 5 billion euro project is named after the Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei.