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Source: Federal Ministry for education and research

21.07.2020 press release: 103/2020

EU research Ministers plan at the first informal Meeting under the German EU presidency’s ambitious programme of Green hydrogen to the pandemic fight

Federal Research Minister Karliczek and EU Research Commissioner Gabriel report on the results of the informal meeting of EU research ministers. © BMBF / Hans-Joachim Rickel At a first informal council under the German EU Presidency, the EU research ministers planned an ambitious program in a video conference lasting several hours and agreed on initial joint initiatives. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “I will do everything to ensure that the European Union comes out of the crisis stronger. Germany will use the EU Council Presidency to join forces. Excellent research, education and innovation are the key to success in a sovereign, resilient and sustainable Europe. Today’s exchange with my European counterparts has shown that we agree on the goal of strengthening research cooperation and vigorously developing the European Research Area. The corona pandemic has shown us all how crucial close cooperation and cohesion in Europe are. Education, research and innovation can help us turn the challenges of the crisis into an opportunity like no other. I am very pleased that this attitude and this goal unite us. In concrete terms, we want to make Europe more resilient to future crises. We launched a joint initiative for this today. We want to learn from the current crisis so that we can master future ones better and together. For this reason, the German EU Presidency will focus on the medical fight against the corona pandemic and global health care. Cross-border research collaboration is crucial to tackle the pandemic and develop vaccines, and we want to shape the future alongside acute crisis management. To this end, we advised on a research and development initiative on green hydrogen today. The overarching goal is to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Europe is to become the global innovation leader and lead market and provider for green hydrogen technologies, and the Commission has already put forward ideas for a European hydrogen strategy. Research and innovation play a key role in this. It is all the more important that the Commission and the member states act on equal footing on this imminently important future topic and pull together. To this end, we are working closely with Portugal and Slovenia in the presidential trio, who will successively take over the baton from Germany in 2021. Strengthening Europe and keeping it strong is a long run, so team spirit is required! The start of the cooperation is already promising: with “Plastic Pirates – Go Europe!” The trio will implement a civil science initiative for young people in Europe. Schoolchildren will make an important contribution to researching plastic waste in our waters in a Europe-wide research project. The initiative should go to school. This is how young people learn about research cooperation across borders – a lived reality in the European Research Area. ”Background Other priorities of the German EU Council Presidency The goals of the German EU Council Presidency also include the further development of Europe’s technological sovereignty. In this way, a trustworthy data room and a European network for artificial intelligence are to be established. “AI Made in Europe” should develop into a global competitive advantage and strengthen Europe’s technological sovereignty. Another focus is on digital education across all phases of life, especially in vocational education. It has a key role in preparing European societies for the labor market of the future. Presidential trio Since July 1, 2020, Germany has held the presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months. In this function, the German delegation leads the negotiations of European legislative proposals and other initiatives and can also set its own key issues. The program of the German EU Council Presidency fits into the extensive program of the “Presidency Trio” of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia for the next 18 months. The program of the German EU Council Presidency includes a variety of specialist events as well as informal meetings of the Technical ministers, including the ministers for research and education. Due to the corona pandemic, the Informal Council of Research Ministers originally planned for the Petersberg near Bonn was carried out as a video conference with new interactive elements. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) judges on 16./17. September 2020 also an informal meeting of EU education ministers and on October 20, 2020 a ministerial conference on the future of the European Research Area. “Innovation Union Europe – German impulses for the European Research Area” In order to give German researchers better access to the European Research Area and to deepen European cooperation in research and development, Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek announced the national funding program “Innovation Union Europe – German impulses for the European Research Area ”. With a total volume of 40 million euros, it strengthens the German contribution to the European Research Area beyond the actual financial commitment in the ERA.

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