BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Fee on Monday introduced three flagship initiatives – in drone applied sciences, area communication and area site visitors administration – geared toward giving the 27-country bloc a aggressive edge in these new fields.
Referred to as the Motion Plan on Synergies between the civil, defence and area industries, the scheme’s goal is to harness analysis and innovation within the three sectors for the initiatives and different ventures.
The EU govt stated the drone venture would reinforce the competitiveness of EU business on this key space with a powerful defence dimension, whereas area communication would supply for a resilient and high-speed connectivity in Europe primarily based on quantum encryption.
It stated area site visitors administration was required to keep away from collisions ensuing from the proliferation of satellites and area particles, whereas making certain autonomous EU entry to area.
“The concept is for improvements to systematically attain a number of makes use of by design. And to permit tapping into the large innovation potential of researchers and start-ups,” European digital chief Margrethe Vestager stated in an announcement.
EU business commissioner Thierry Breton stated the initiatives would assist the bloc stand by itself toes as an alternative of counting on different nations.
“It would additionally scale back our dependencies in crucial applied sciences and increase the economic management we have to get better from the (coronavirus pandemic) disaster,” he stated.
(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Enhancing by Mark Heinrich)
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