Abraham Liu, the Chief Huawei representative to the EU institutions today said that Huawei research operations in Europe can positively contribute to the implementation of key EU policy goals.
In launching its Digital Strategy White Paper today, the EU Commission stated: “Europe will build on its long history of technology, research, innovation and ingenuity, and on its strong protection of rights and fundamental values […] while continuing to be an open but rules-based market, and to work closely with its international partners.” It also said it wanted to create an “ecosystem of excellence”.
This is completely in line with Huawei’s aims and goals, Mr Liu said.
“At the heart of the EU policy agenda is the need to make Europe fit for the digital age. To ensure that this policy can be effectively implemented will require even stronger levels of financial investment into the research, innovation and science sectors by both the private and public communities in Europe.
20% of all global research and development investment in the world takes place in Europe. One third of all scientific publications that are peer-reviewed globally emanate from Europe. The bottom line is that Europe is home to hundreds of thousands of the most qualified scientists, engineers and researchers in the world. This is why Europe can become centre stage globally in building new technology-based innovative products and solutions that can boost economic development, promote competitiveness and tackle key social problems.”
Huawei will play an active role in ensuring that this positive agenda at an EU level is fully implemented. According to the European Commission Industrial Scoreboard 2019, Huawei is the 5th highest private sector investor in research and development activities in the world.
Huawei is an active participant in the EU Horizon 2020 programme. We are involved in collaborative research activities with European based universities and private sector companies in the fields of 5G, cloud technologies, the Internet of Things and in the building of ICT platforms that will deliver the smart cities of the future.
Huawei has 23 research facilities in 12 countries in Europe and we employ 2400 researchers and scientists in Europe alone.
Huawei has 230 technology partnerships with different research and educational institutes in Europe and we have research collaborations with over 150 Universities in Europe.
“Huawei is well positioned to support the roll-out of the objectives of Horizon Europe during the next EU financial perspective 2021-2027,” Mr Liu added. “Through the advanced research capacities of Huawei and via a strong engagement with European partners, we can assist Europe in building a stronger industrial strategy, putting in place a Green Deal to tackle climate change and helping Europe achieve the full implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”