Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
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.
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.
Involvement in funding programmes, contribution to public policies through its scientific expertise, and development of major partnerships: the CEA has strengthened its European strategy over the past few years, making cooperation its watchword. Bertrand Bouchet, the CEA director of European Affairs, discusses the CEA’s position on Europe and the French presidency of the EU Council.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.