June 23, 2024

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we must strengthen European sovereignty

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The writers are the president of France and the chancellor of Germany

In a few weeks, we Europeans will start setting out our agenda for the next term in the EU. Looking back at the challenges over the last five years — be it the pandemic, the ongoing Russian war of aggression against Ukraine or increasing geopolitical shifts — it is clear: Europe is experiencing its Zeitenwende. We can’t take for granted the foundations on which we have built our European way of living and our role in the world. Our Europe is mortal, and we must rise to the challenge.

Strengthening our global competitiveness and enhancing our resilience while making the Green Deal and the digital transition a success is at the heart of responding to these challenges. To this end, France and Germany are proposing today a renewed impetus for competitiveness for the EU’s next term.

Europe must thrive as a strong world-class industrial and technological leader, while implementing our ambition to make the EU the first climate neutral continent. We can harness the potential of the green and digital transitions for developing the markets, industries and good jobs of the future. 

To live up to these common ambitions, Germany and France are convinced that the EU needs more innovation, more single market, more investment, more level playing field and less bureaucracy. 

Together, we will advocate to strengthen the EU’s sovereignty and reduce our critical dependencies, while building on the successful implementation of the agenda developed since the Versailles summit in March 2022. With an ambitious industrial policy, we can enable the development and rollout of key technologies of tomorrow, such as AI, quantum technologies, space, 5G/6G, biotechnologies, net zero technologies, mobility and chemicals. We have to make full use of and significantly accelerate existing EU…

2024-05-27 14:00:47

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