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French Presidency of the EU Council: the CEA engaged in the main strategic priorities for technology in Europe

France is holding the presidency of the EU Council since 1 January to 30 June 2022. The CEA is ready and waiting to contribute to the success of this presidency, in line with the watchwords chosen to reflect this period: recovery, strength and a sense of belonging.

Published on 16 February 2022

These words were chosen by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to embody Europe’s key priorities: cooperation, sovereignty and strength to speed up the green and digital transitions by 2030 and to stimulate economic recovery. France is pledging for Europe’s technological sovereignty and the relocation of its flagship industries in Europe, such as in the fields of hydrogen production, batteries, semiconductors, space, cloud infrastructure technologies, defence and healthcare. These technology-intensive fields will not only shape our world in 2030, but also stimulate economic recovery, value creation and job growth. These subjects are the focus of the CEA’s activities.

Europe’s objective to become carbon neutral by 2050 will be one of the French Presidency’s key focus areas, starting with the carbon border adjustment mechanism to reconcile industrial ambitions with its climate goals. Faced with the current geopolitical instability in Europe, France also intends to defend a joint European defence and deterrence strategy, having published a specific white paper. The CEA will contribute to the public debate organised on a European level and will provide its support in all these key areas.

During this 6-month presidency, the CEA will regularly organise and/or take part in events that reflect France’s priorities, bringing together representatives from French and European institutes, research organisations, political spheres, French and European universities, and the industry. The programme of events organised under the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union - Présidence française de l'Union européenne (PFUE) is detailed below.

Events organised or jointly organised by the CEA

  • 21 February 2022– ‘Quantum ambitions’ at the Paris-Saclay campus (with the CNRS and INRIA) - Online
    During this event, the actions implemented in France and Europe as part of the Quantum Flagship initiative and beyond (EuroQCI, EuroHPC) will be presented by the French stakeholders alongside their European academic and industry partners. Topics such as research & development, coordination of roadmaps, and international cooperation agreements will be discussed.
    > Register for the online event “Quantum ambitions: strengthening leadership in Europe”
  • 25 February 2022 – AI for industry and society: trust and frugality (with the CNRS and INRIA) – Brussels
    During this event, the European Commission and its European stakeholders will be sharing their vision of artificial intelligence and the stakes at hand. Discussions will focus on French and European actions that have already been rolled out to strengthen research networking and to provide open platforms to capitalise resources needed to develop and deploy dependable and sustainable artificial intelligence on an industrial level for the benefit of its citizens.
    > Discover the programme and register
  • 2 March 2022 – Towards a Renewal of the European Solar Photovoltaic Industry – Brussels & Online
    In line with the European Commission’s decision to prepare a European solar strategy, the aim of this conference is to provide insight on the importance of solar photovoltaic in meeting Europe’s carbon neutral objective by 2050. Objectives: build ties between R&D players, the PV industry and local authorities to discuss the state of current technology, industrial opportunities, and public policy tools that can be exploited to establish a competitive PV sector in Europe, which proves beneficial to both the Green Deal and the European industrial strategy. François Jacq, the CEA Chairman, will participate in this conference.
    > Discover the programme and register
  • 30 May – 3 June 2022 - Euratom FISA and EURADWASTE conferences in Lyon (with the European Commission)
    These two large-scale conferences co-organised by the CEA and the European Commission will provide an overview of progress and key research & training projects led since 2019 within the scope of the Euratom treaty in nuclear reactor safety and waste management. These events will foster discussions on the state of research, development and innovation, as well as debate on the main issues and opportunities available in France, Europe and internationally, not to mention future prospects.
  • 23 June 2022 - Technology infrastructures in the new deal on research and innovation (with the EARTO association)
    The European Union and its member states are required develop a “joint policy action programme” for European research as part of the new deal on research and innovation, which will involve drafting the first set of joint industrial and technological roadmaps. Within this context, this conference will highlight the importance of technology infrastructures in transferring research to industry and in driving the emergence of innovation ecosystems.
  • 27 & 29 June 2022 - European industrial technology (INDTECH 2022), at Minatec - Grenoble
    This conference will be the culminating point and mark the official end of the French Presidency of the EU Council in the field of research. The European Commission and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research have entrusted the CEA with its organisation. It will demonstrate how generic technology and technology sectors are ready to support the green and digital transitions.

Ministerial events involving the CEA

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