(Yahoo.News) European Union leaders will ask the EU executive next week to name strategic areas where the bloc relies too much on countries such as China and the United States, and to propose ways to make it more independent, according to a document seen by Reuters.
The member states’ leaders say they want European industry to be more competitive globally and to increase its autonomy and resilience. The 27-nation bloc has set digital and green technologies as priorities, goals that were underlined in a “state of the union” speech on Wednesday by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, the EU executive.
The leaders will also declare they want “a significant part” of the 1.8 trillion euros that will be available to EU countries under the bloc’s budget and recovery package over the next seven years to be invested in supercomputers and quantum computing, blockchain, human-centred Artificial Intelligence, microprocessors, 5G mobile networks or protection against cyber threats and secure communications.

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