The European Commission launches 11 partnerships to respond to the ecological and digital transition

With the aim of stimulating investment in research and innovation and meeting the major challenges in terms of climate and sustainability, the European Commission has announced the launch of eleven European partnerships with Industry. The European institution wishes to make Europe the first climate neutral economy while respecting the Green Pact for Europe. Taking into account the financing commitments of private partners and Member States, the total amount of these investments is 22 billion euros. One of these partnerships concerns artificial intelligence, data and robotics.

Investments of 22 billion euros

To meet the objectives of the dual ecological and digital transition, the European Commission has announced eleven partnerships which will aim to achieve the European Union’s digital ambitions for this decade, that of digital technology for Europe. Under Horizon Europe, the new EU framework program succeeding Horizon 2020 for the period 2021-2027, nearly eight billion euros will be allocated to these partnerships.

In total, nearly 22 billion euros will be allocated if we take into account funding from Member States and private partners. Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for a Europe Prepared for the Digital Age, spoke about this initiative:

“Cooperation is essential to meet the challenges of Europe’s ecological and digital transition. Digital technologies are driving this transition to a climate neutral, circular and more resilient economy. The eleven partnerships that the Commission and industry are proposing together today will mobilize significant resources, around 22 billion euros, so that we can jointly develop technological tools, linked to artificial intelligence, data, robotics and others, which will allow us to achieve our environmental and climate goals, in order to move towards a cleaner and healthier future. ”

Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market, added:

“With these new partnerships, Europe is at the forefront of global technological development, developing essential industrial capacities and accelerating its dual ecological and digital transition. This will help put Europe on the path to a circular economy and climate neutrality by 2050. Through their work, the partnerships will also focus on the development of digital technologies needed to support industrial leadership. from Europe.”

Eleven partnerships, including the one for artificial intelligence, data and robotics

Eleven partnerships were announced around various and varied themes. Some of them are more focused on the digital transition, AI and new technologies:

  • European Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, Data and Robotics : to get the most out of artificial intelligence (AI), data and robotics for Europe, this partnership will promote innovation, acceptance and adoption of these technologies, for the benefit of citizens and communities. companies.
  • European Open Science Cloud Partnership : it aims to deploy and consolidate by 2030 an open and reliable virtual environment to allow some two million European researchers to store, share and reuse research data across borders and disciplines.
  • European Partnership for Photonics (technologies related to light particles) : it aims to accelerate photonic innovations, to guarantee Europe’s technological sovereignty, to increase the competitiveness of the European economy and to promote job creation and long-term prosperity.
  • European partnership for connected, cooperative and automated mobility : its objective is to accelerate the implementation of innovative, connected, cooperative and automated technologies and services in the field of mobility.

Other partnerships exist: for clean steel, for a sustainable environment built on people, for road and clean water transport, for batteries for example. Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, referred to this initiative in her remarks:

“These partnerships are all about pooling research and innovation resources and ensuring that research results are turned into useful innovations for citizens. With Horizon Europe, we are determined to emerge from the climate crisis, to provide sustainable solutions to major environmental challenges and to accelerate a sustainable recovery. This will benefit all Europeans. ”

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