(EuraAcTV) France and the Netherlands signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday (31 August) to intensify synergies for the research and development of quantum technologies, joining the race in building high-performance supercomputers.
On the sidelines of a meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Paris, French Secretary of State for Digital, Cedric O, and the Dutch Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer, signed the memorandum, aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation in quantum technologies.
The aim is “a European Quantum ecosystem that brings jobs, income and innovation to our countries,” said Keijzer, stressing that “the Netherlands and France have been leading the way for years.”
“In order to maintain this position in the world, it is now necessary to start working together at a European level,” the Dutch secretary of state added.
The agreement includes more collaboration in research, greater cooperation with large tech companies, investments to develop the ecosystem, the acceleration of existing European initiatives, and the creation of jobs in the field – with the launch of a common portal for job opportunities at quantumjobs.fr and quantumjobs.nl.
Christophe Jurczak, co-founder of the Quantonation investment fund and the Le Lab quantique association, welcomed “this kind of opportunity to foster the emergence of a deep quantum ecosystem in Europe, associating academics, industry, startups, financiers, both on the technology and on the user side”.