Germany and France agreed on Tuesday to strengthen their cooperation and consider joint projects to be financed on hydrogen, 5G telecommunications and data infrastructure (cloud) in order to reduce Europe’s industrial dependence in these areas. areas, announced the Elysee in a statement.
During two videoconferences on Tuesday with the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyren, the European Commissioner Thierry Breton, the French and German Economy Ministers, European industrialists, President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed steps to be taken to “To strengthen the development of technologies of the future in Europe” specified the French presidency.
Public funding for disruptive technologies
In terms of technologies using hydrogen, France, Germany, as well as the European Commission wish the launch by the end of the year of a European public aid program PIIEC (Important project of interest common) which makes it possible to grant public funding for disruptive technologies. The participants notably spoke about enhanced cooperation for the development and production of large-scale electrolysers, and the use of hydrogen to decarbonize industrial sites.
In the digital field, the objective of cooperation is to “Develop and extend digital sovereignty and European skills in microprocessors, communication technologies, artificial intelligence and reliable and competitive data infrastructures”. New cooperation is being studied in the areas of cloud infrastructure, 5G and artificial intelligence, added the Elysee in its press release.