French-German dialogue on technology

14 Oct 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, European Commissioner Thierry Breton, German and French Economy Ministers Peter Altmaier and Bruno Le Maire, as well as European business leaders, today discussed measures to strengthen the development of future technologies in Europe and to reduce our dependency.

Both video conferences focused on hydrogen and digital issues, including 5G and cloud infrastructure. Germany and France agreed to improve cooperation in these areas and to consider joint projects to be financed by the Recovery and Resilience Facility established by the European Union.

With respect to new digital technologies, the debate focused on the need to strengthen Europe’s industrial base. The goal is to develop and expand digital sovereignty and European expertise in microprocessors, communication technologies, artificial intelligence and reliable and competitive data infrastructure. The participants agreed to jointly examine the possibility of new collaborative projects in the areas of cloud infrastructure, 5G and artificial intelligence, as well as to play a leading role in future IPCEIs on cloud infrastructure and microelectronics.

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