Europe is preparing to start back up in green, digital and equitable mode !
On May 27th, the European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: “The recovery plan turns the immense challenge we face into an opportunity, not only by supporting the recovery but also by investing in our future: the European Green Deal and digitalization will boost jobs and growth, the resilience of our societies and the health of our environment. This is Europe’s moment. Our willingness to act must live up to the challenges we are all facing. With Next Generation EU we are providing an ambitious answer.”
As Ulla Engelman explained at our AGM, the funds raised for Next Generation EU will be invested across three pillars:
- Support to Member States with investments and reforms;
- Kick-starting the EU economy by incentivising private investments;
- Addressing the lessons of the crisis.
But Europe is especially placing the European Green Deal and the digital transition at the heart of its economic recovery strategy :
- A massive renovation wave of our buildings and infrastructure and a more circular economy, bringing local jobs;
- Rolling out renewable energy projects, especially wind, solar and kick-starting a clean hydrogen economy in Europe;
- Cleaner transport and logistics, including the installation of one million charging points for electric vehicles and a boost for rail travel and clean mobility in our cities and regions (Watch the replay of our webconference organised with MEPs Karima Delli and Christophe Grudler on the place of clean transport in the European recovery plan (in French) >>
- Investing in more and better connectivity, especially in the rapid deployment of 5G networks;
- A stronger industrial and technological presence in strategic sectors, including artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, supercomputing and cloud.
To implement this recovery plan, the European Union is launching numerous calls for projects. In order to help you as much as possible, France Clusters is offering e-learning courses on 7 and 9 July to help you decipher the European calls for projects on which clusters can position themselves.