"Quantum Manifesto" presented at NL Presidency Quantum Europe Conference
In cooperation with the European Commission, the Dutch EU Council Presidency, is currently holding the Quantum Europe 2016 conference in Amsterdam, from 17 to 18 May 2016. On this occasion, the "Quantum Manifesto" has been released to formulate a common strategy for Europe to stay at the front of the second Quantum Revolution. The Manifesto was prepared by a European team, on the invitation of Mr. Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and Mr. Henk Kamp, Minister of Economic Affairs in The Netherlands.
The Quantum Manifesto has been endorsed by 3,400 key players from science, industry and governmental organisations. It calls upon Member States and the European Commission to launch a €1 billion Flagship-scale Initiative in Quantum Technology, preparing for a start in 2018 within the European H2020 research and innovation framework programme. Quantum technologies are expected to have a huge impact on society and economy, in particular to boost the capacities of computers on an unprecedented scale. In this context, the European Commission highlighted the need for Europe to make the most of quantum technologies as part of its European Cloud Initiative presented in April 2016. The intention for a Quantum Flagship is part of the ‘Industry/Technology package’, a broad package of measures to strengthen the European digital economy.
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