Mr Edgar Thielmann

Mr Edgar  Thielmann

Position: EU Commission Visiting Fellow
School and/or Centres: Centre for European Studies


Edgar Thielmann studied law and economics at the Universities in Bonn, Frankfurt and Mainz. He passed the First State Examination in 1973 and his Second State Examination in 1976. He is a qualified sollicitor.


Edgar is since 1984 an official of the European Commission and from September 2012 until June 2013 the first EU Fellow to the Centre of European Studies at the ANU. Edgar worked as Head of Division in various functions, mainly in the area of external relations (Humanitarian Aid, Reconstruction of the Western Balkans, Cooperation with PHARE and TACIS countries, cooperation with ACP countries etc.),  Trans-European (Energy- and Transport) Networks and lately in the European Satellite Navigation Programs (Galileo and Egnos). Before joining the European Commission Edgar was responsible for the Max Planck Gesellschaft and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft at the Federal Ministry for Research and Technology in Bonn. As lecturer and researcher at the University of Kassel Edgar worked in a multidisciplinary project.

Edgar is working on applications of Satellite Navigation Systems. His interest is focussed on Australia and the Asian region. Galileo as the only civil global constellation under civil control offers a very high degree of precision and is compatible with the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the United States of America. A cooperation agreement with the US has been concluded in 2004 to this effect. Edgar is looking at the awareness of actors (public and private) in the Asian region and the added value which Galileo can offer to them.  Positioning and timing - the essential factors of a global Satellite System - are already today crucial for about 8 - 10 % of the GDP in Europe and the US with an exponential growth expected over the next 20 years.

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