President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union speech on September 16, 2020, announced new steps in the Digital Decade agenda.
The European Commission has proposed a new regulation to help Europe achieve the leading role in supercomputing and quantum computing, and it will enable an investment of €8 billion in the next generation of supercomputers.
Von der Leyen said that the “[N]extGenerationEU is also a unique opportunity to develop a more coherent European approach to connectivity and digital infrastructure deployment. None of this is an end in itself – it is about Europe’s digital sovereignty, on a small and large scale. In this spirit, I am pleased to announce an investment of 8 billion euros in the next generation of supercomputers – cutting-edge technology made in Europe. And we want the European industry to develop our own next-generation microprocessor that will allow us to use the increasing data volumes energy-efficient and securely. This is what Europe’s Digital Decade is all about!”
SOTEU speech can be find here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/SPEECH_20_1655
Full press release is here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_1592