Source: European Parliament
After 50 years of research, developments in quantum computers have been proceeding at an ever more rapid rate in recent years. Quantum technology will transform the world we live in and facilitate massive technological advances in computing, simulation, cryptography and telecommunications, as well as in medicine, health and citizen security. As a result, US IT giants such as Microsoft, IBM and D-Wave have been investing huge amounts of money for years into research on quantum communication infrastructure and quantum technologies, known as 21st century technology.
While the EU is lagging behind the USA, it wants to be a leader in the implementation of quantum technologies. It was only in October 2018 that the European Council launched the Quantum Technologies Flagship initiative, with a value of EUR 1 billion, in Vienna. This initiative will provide funding for over five thousand leading European researchers into quantum technologies over the next decade.
What is the Commission’s opinion on the issue of funding quantum research and development, and in what financial ratio does it plan to include them in the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2028?