New European partnerships, beefed up by €10bn to push for green, digital shift

The Commission’s proposal aims to make European industry more resilient and competitive

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Ten new European Partnerships between the EU, Member States and the industry, proposed the Commission on Tuesday as to speed up the transition towards a green, climate neutral and digital Europe, and to make European industry more resilient and competitive.

The EU will provide nearly €10bn of funding that the partners will match with at least an equivalent amount of investment. This combined contribution is expected to mobilise additional investments in support of the transitions, and create long-term positive impacts on employment, the environment and society.

The proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships aim to improve EU preparedness and response to infectious diseases, develop efficient low-carbon aircraft for clean aviation, support the use of renewable biological raw materials in energy production, ensure European leadership in digital technologies and infrastructures, and make rail transport more competitive.

The Global Health EDCTP3 will deliver new solutions for reducing the burden of infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, and strengthen research capacities to prepare and respond to re-emerging infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa and across the world.

In the next ten years, it aims to develop and deploy at least two new technologies tackling infectious diseases, and support at least 100 research institutes in 30 countries to develop additional health technologies against re-emerging epidemics.

The other partnership, Innovative Health Initiative, will help create an EU-wide health research and innovation ecosystem that facilitates the translation of scientific knowledge into tangible innovations.

It will cover prevention, diagnostics, treatment and disease management. The initiative will contribute to reaching the objectives of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, the new Industrial Strategy for Europe and the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe.

The Key Digital Technologies is a partnership that encompasses electronic components, their design, manufacture and integration in systems and the software that defines how they work. Its objective is to support the digital transformation of all economic and societal sectors and the European Green Deal, as well as prop up research and innovation towards the next generation of microprocessors.

Together with the Declaration on a European Initiative on processors and semiconductor technologies signed by 20 Member States, an upcoming Alliance on microelectronics, and a possible new Important Project of Common European Interest under discussion by Member States to foster breakthrough innovation, this new partnership will help boost competitiveness and Europe's technological sovereignty.

The other partnerships are Circular Bio-based Europe, Clean Hydrogen, Clean Aviation, Single European Sky ATM Research, Smart Networks and Services, and Metrology.

The partnerships proposed today will mobilise resources, so that we can jointly make the most of digital technologies, not least in the interest of our green transition, commented Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe fit for the Digital Age.

European Partnerships are our opportunity to work together to respond and shape the profound economic and social transformations, for the benefit of all EU citizens, said Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. She also mentioned that the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic “added urgency to our long-standing endeavours to better use research and innovation to tackle health emergencies, climate change and digital transformation”.

We must seize the opportunities brought by key developing technologies such as microprocessors or semiconductors so that Europe can be at the forefront of digital innovation on a global scale, Thierry Breton, EU Commissioner for Internal Market, pointed out.

According to Adina Vălean, EU Commissioner for Transport, EU partnerships will have a central role to drive the twin green and digital transition for the mobility and transport sector. “To make our ambitions come true, we need to develop disruptive technologies bringing zero-emission vessels and aircraft to the market, we need to develop and deploy cooperative, connected and automated mobility, and we need to enable a more efficient and modern traffic management,” she explained.

 

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