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Horizon Europe – key economic instrument.

Horizon Europe is about to begin to be rolled out in the early part of next year. This is one of the largest publicly funded research, innovation and science instruments in the world. It is part of the overall strategy of the EU to improve economic performance and competitiveness while also supporting the implementation of the EU Green Deal – writes Dr. Cao Hui who is head of policy to market activities for Huawei in Europe.

35% of the budget for Horizon Europe is being allocated for research actions that will help the EU reach key climate change targets.

The European Commission, the European Parliament and EU governments fully know the important role that industry plays in the economy of Europe.

EU industry provides one in every five jobs in Europe, 80% of EU exports and two thirds of private sector [email protected] in Europe.

The bottom line is that EU industry must be made fit for the digital age. This is why there is rightly such an emphasis in Horizon Europe on tech research. ICT innovation will be a driver of economic growth in Europe.

ICT collaborative research – centre stage in Horizon Europe.

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Let us have a look for a moment at Pillar 2 in Horizon Europe. It defines clearly the areas of research focus in Europe over the next six years: - manufacturing technologies, key digital technologies, advanced materials, AI/Robotics, next generation of the internet, advanced computing and big data. ICT collaborative actions in Europe will make better use of sensing technology, computing architecture, photonics, robotics, quantum computing, low power processors and high performance computing to fulfil important EU policy goals.

In October 2020, the European Commission announced that it will put aside 8 billion euro for the EURO HPC between the years 2021-2023. This will accelerate the development of super and green computing technologies into Europe. The synergies of HPC will be exploited through the smart deployment of artificial intelligence, big data and cloud technologies.

Huawei – supporting EU strategic autonomy.

Dr. Cao Hui is the head of Huawei policy to market activities in Europe.

Dr. Cao Hui is the head of Huawei policy to market activities in Europe.

Supporting a new industrial strategy in Europe, one that is defined by the objective of strategic autonomy will require international co-operation – if this policy objective in Europe is going to succeed. This is where a company like Huawei can play a positive role. We can support the EU in rolling out its research targets under Horizon Europe. We are in a strong position to achieve this. We have been based in Europe since the year 2000. We have 23 research centres in Europe in 12 countries. We have been an active participant in Horizon Europe, particularly supporting collaborative actions in the area of 5G, big data and building stronger ICT platforms that can deliver the internet of things and more innovative applications for society.

Huawei was ranked 5th in the European Commission research and development industrial scoreboard in 2019. This makes us the fifth largest private sector investor in research and development in the world. One must invest in a whole series of basic and applied scientific activities – thus putting oneself in a better position to deliver new and innovative products into the marketplace.

 

Public/ Private partnerships are key in Horizon Europe.

The principle of openness of EU research instruments also includes a strong element of partnerships between the private and public sectors so as to transform new industries through a better use of technology. The Smart Network and Services Joint Undertaking will deliver 6G for Europe. This will be assisted via the work of another JU that will deal with key digital technologies.

The reality is that that the policy objectives of Horizon Europe cannot be delivered by the public sector alone. There must be a strong engagement from the private sector in many collaborative actions under Horizon Europe. There is even a broader extended principle in this context. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals can only succeed where there is a strong participation from the private sector. Research, innovation and science will be centre stage in ensuring that these UN targets are successfully reached by 2030.

Horizon Europe is an economic instrument. Research, innovation and science are intrinsic elements in the digital transformation process. Countries that invest in these sectors will secure higher economic returns in the medium term. Technology is a cornerstone too in the global challenge to tackle poverty, social problems and inequality in our societies. This is also the view of the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD and the International Monetary Fund.

Let the private and public sectors work together under Horizon Europe. This is a win–win situation for the public and private sectors. It is a win-win situation for society.

 

Dr. Cao Hui is the head of Huawei policy to market activities in Europe.

 

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