South Korea has made good on a promise to cooperate with the European Union on the latter\u2019s Galileo satellite navigation system.The two signed an agreement in Helsinki Monday that opens the door to South Korea\u2019s active participation in the program. The Asian nation could work with the European Union\u00a0on several areas including scientific research and training, industrial cooperation, trade and market development, standards, certification and regulatory measures, the two parties said in a statement.Galileo is a union-backed satellite navigation system that will provide a higher grade of service than the U.S. government\u2019s GPS. The European Union\u00a0has developed the system for commercial applications, unlike GPS, which was developed primarily for military applications and doesn\u2019t come with any guarantee of continued availability for civilian use. Galileo will transmit signals that are compatible with GPS.The first Galileo satellite, the Giove-A, was launched in December 2005.A number of non-union nations have already signed on to the program. Cooperation agreements have been concluded with China, Israel, the United States, Ukraine, India, Morocco and South Korea, and others are in preparation, the European Commission said in June.The agreement was signed at a European Union-South Korea summit in Finland. On hand to ink the deal were E.U. Commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner; Erkki Tuomioja, Finland\u2019s minister of foreign affairs; and Ban ki-moon, South Korea\u2019s minister of foreign affairs.-Martyn Williams, IDG News Service (Tokyo Bureau)Related Link:\n\nKorean Air Bars In-Flight Use of Dell, Apple LaptopsCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.